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Lauren Myers
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Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Registration Mandate

Version III IMPORTANT Information Regarding Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

New law requires providers to REGISTER with and USE PDMP

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to support providers and their patients in the safe and effective use of prescription drugs. The PDMP is part of Maryland’s response to the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

Maryland PDMP Facts

  • Authorized by law in 2011
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) program
  • Contains data on Rx controlled dangerous substances (CDS) dispensed to patients in Maryland
  • Providers get free, online access through Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) at:

What is CRISP?​

  • Electronic system connecting all 46 acute care hospitals in Maryland
  • Web-based portal gives providers secure access to patient PDMP, hospital and other clinical data

Legal Changes Affecting Providers

On April 26, 2016, Governor Hogan signed into law HB 437 which includes the following legal changes:

1.     Mandatory PDMP Registration for CDS Prescribers & Pharmacists

Pharmacists: Licensed pharmacists in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP by July 1, 2017.

Prescribers: Practitioners authorized to prescribe CDS in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP by July 1, 2017. This applies to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, dentists, podiatrists and veterinarians. This mandate does not apply to the following categories of nurses: RNs, CNAs, and LPNs.

Please note: a second provision in the law will, in the future, require PDMP registration prior to obtaining a new or renewal CDS prescribing permit from the Office of Controlled Substances Administration (formerly Division of Drug Control) after a positive determination is made by the DHMH Secretary, expected to occur July 1, 2017; that provision of the law is NOT in effect at this time.

REGISTER NOW with the PDMP through CRISP at Look for the PDMP ‘Register’ button on the homepage or on the PDMP Services page.

For registration help, call CRISP Support at: 1-877-952-7477.


2.     Mandatory PDMP Use by CDS Prescribers & Pharmacists

Beginning July 1, 2018:

< >Prescribers must, with some exceptions, query and review their patient’s PDMP data prior to initially prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine AND at least every 90 days thereafter as long as the course of treatment continues to include prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine. Prescribers must also document PDMP data query and review in the patient’s medical record.Pharmacists must query and review patient PDMP data prior to dispensing ANY CDS drug if they have a reasonable belief that a patient is seeking the drug for any purpose other than the treatment of an existing medical condition.Information regarding Mandatory Use is available on the DHMH PDMP website. DHMH will provide additional information and reminders closer to but before the implementation date.

3.     CDS Prescribers & Pharmacists May Delegate PDMP Data Access

Prescribers and pharmacists may delegate healthcare staff to obtain CRISP user accounts and query PDMP data on their behalf. Delegates may include both licensed practitioners without prescriptive authority and non-licensed clinical staff that are employed by, or under contract with, the same professional practice or facility where the prescriber or pharmacist practices.

To Learn More

Visit the DHMH PDMP website for updated information, important compliance dates and Frequently Asked Questions:

For more information about the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in Maryland and what healthcare providers can do to help, visit .



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