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Research Letter
May 7, 2020

Association of Mandatory-Access Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs With Opioid Prescriptions Among Medicare Patients Treated by a Medical or Hematologic Oncologist

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  • 1Winship Cancer Center, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Oncol. Published online May 7, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0804

More than 30 states have enacted laws mandating use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing. Clinicians in those states must check the PDMP database before writing opioid prescriptions. These mandates vary substantially across states in their timing and scope; for example, some exempt patients with cancer.1,2 We examine the association between state mandatory-access PDMPs and changes in the percent of oncologists’ Medicare patients with any opioid prescription fills.

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