The State of New Jersey launched what it claims is the first-in-the-nation app that provides authorized users of the Prescription Monitoring Program with access to the database via their iPhones and iPads.
Maintained by the Division of Consumer Affairs, the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) collects information on prescriptions filled in New Jersey for controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and Human Growth Hormone. The app includes access to a searchable database to state-licensed prescribers and pharmacists, and aids in identifying patients who have engaged in so called “doctor shopping.” This practice involves deceptively visiting multiple physicians to obtain more prescription drugs than any one doctor would prescribe, or in trying to illegally obtain prescription drugs through use of multiple pharmacies.
“We’re working hard to expand the use of the Prescription Monitoring Program and this new app is the latest in an ongoing series of upgrades to the NJPMP since we launched it in late 2011,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.
The NJPMP app is free to download, and will be available for Android and Windows Mobile users this summer.
As of April 9, 2015, 88.4% of the state’s 29,400 licensed doctors had registered to use the NJPMP database. About 169,000 user requests were submitted to the NJPMP during the preceding 30-day period.