The General Assembly recently passed legislation that will require all controlled substance license holders to register in Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) by January 1, 2018.
The new law awaits the Governor’s signature but efforts to delay the start date of January 1 have not been successful. While the law does have an exception for emergency department prescribing, there is no exception for PMP registration (see details below).
ICEP urges all members, including residents, to begin the process for PMP registration now.
If you are licensed in the state of Illinois to prescribe controlled substances and are not already registered with the PMP, visit http://www.ilpmp.org to initiate your registration. If you experience programs registering, contact PMP at 217-524-1311, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning January 1, the expected law will require prescribers to access patient information in the PMP before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid.
Exception for Emergency Department Prescribers
The requirement for documented access to PMP before prescribing a Schedule II narcotic is waived for EDs under the following circumstances:
7-day or less supply provided by a hospital emergency department when treating an acute, traumatic medical condition
ICEP will provide updates about the new law’s requirements as more information becomes available. At this time, penalties for noncompliance have not been announced.