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Why You Need the Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program and How to Use it

In 2012, the CDC declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic. As a means to combat prescription drug abuse, the CDC recommends one of the efforts include prescription monitoring programs. The MN PMP was created as a tool to assist in the fight against prescription drug abuse, and pharmacists play an important role in that fight. In using the PMP, pharmacists can identify individuals that may be abusing, misusing, or diverting controlled substances. This ability to identify individuals enables healthcare providers to offer help and support to those who may need it most. This webinar will provide an overview of what the PMP is, under what circumstances the law allows providers to access the database, how to acquire delegates, some quick tips for system usage, and how the PMP is fighting prescription drug abuse with Controlled Substance Insight Alerts.


  1. Understand the purpose of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and when it is appropriate to access it
  2. Recognize the dispensing pharmacist’s role with data integrity and the PMP
  3. Have a better understanding of how to access and utilize the database as well as acquire delegates
  4. Be aware of Controlled Substance Insight Alerts and what to do if you receive one

Speaker: Dr. Katrina Howard

Pharmacist Consultant, Minnesota PMP, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

Katrina HowardDr. Katrina Howard - Currently works as the pharmacist consultant for the Minnesota PMP within the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. She has been the pharmacist consultant for the PMP since the creation of the position in October 2014.

Dr. Howard received her Pharm.D. from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Registration Fees:

Free for MPhA members and $25 for nonmembers. Student pharmacists and residents are provided a complimentary registration.

Student pharmacists and residents are provided a complimentary registration, please use the promo code “WebinarComp16” when checking out.

Continuing Education:

This presentation is being submitted to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy for Continuing Education credit approval (one hour).

To receive Board of Pharmacy credits for this program the following must be completed:

  • Full participation/completion of webinar either during the live program or the archived presentation

  • Completion of survey post webinar acknowledging participation

Board of Pharmacy credit processing takes place on the 15th of each month.

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Questions? Please contact jacquied@ewald.com with questions about credits.

Please contact jessicag@ewald.com with any technical questions or issues.

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