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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 084A : Vermont Prescription Monitoring System

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 4283)
  • § 4283. Creation; implementation

    (a) The Department shall maintain an electronic database and reporting system for monitoring Schedules II, III, and IV controlled substances, as defined in 21 C.F.R. Part 1308, as amended and as may be amended, that are dispensed within the State of Vermont by a health care provider or dispenser or dispensed to an address within the State by a pharmacy licensed by the Vermont Board of Pharmacy.

    (b) As required by the Department, every dispenser who is licensed by the Vermont Board of Pharmacy shall report to the Department in a timely manner data for each controlled substance in Schedules II, III, and IV, as amended and as may be amended, dispensed to a patient within Vermont. Reporting shall not be required for:

    (1) a drug administered directly to a patient; or

    (2) a drug dispensed by a health care provider at a facility licensed by the Department, provided that the quantity dispensed is limited to an amount adequate to treat the patient for a maximum of 48 hours.

    (c) Data for each controlled substance that is dispensed shall include the following:

    (1) patient identifier, which may include the patient’s name and date of birth;

    (2) drug dispensed;

    (3) date of dispensing;

    (4) quantity and dosage dispensed;

    (5) the number of days’ supply;

    (6) health care provider; and

    (7) dispenser.

    (d) The data shall be provided in the electronic format defined by the Department. To the extent possible, the format shall not require data entry in excess of that required in the regular course of business. Electronic transmission is not required if a waiver has been granted by the Department to an individual dispenser. The Department shall strive to create VPMS in a manner that will enable real-time transmittal to VPMS and real-time retrieval of information stored in VPMS.

    (e) It is not the intention of the Department that a health care provider or a dispenser shall have to pay a fee or tax or purchase hardware or proprietary software required by the Department specifically for the use, establishment, maintenance, or transmission of the data. The Department shall seek grant funds and take any other action within its financial capability to minimize any cost impact to health care providers and dispensers.

    (f) The Department shall purge from VPMS all data that are more than six years old.

    (g) The Commissioner shall develop and provide advisory notices, which shall make clear that all prescriptions for controlled drugs in Schedules II, III, and IV are entered into a statewide database in order to protect the public. The notices shall be distributed at no cost to dispensers and health care providers who are subject to this chapter.

    (h) A dispenser shall be subject to discipline by the Board of Pharmacy or by the applicable licensing entity if the dispenser intentionally fails to comply with the requirements of subsection (b), (c), or (d) of this section. (Added 2005, No. 205 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2013, No. 75, § 7.)