Your Dr pulled that information by request on you prior to your visit. My old Dr had my records in front of her every visit as she pulls all info on patients.The State that I live in has a statewide database (Prescription Database Monitoring Program) as @H20shed65 mentioned above. It primarily is designed for the "control and monitoring" of Controlled Substances prescribed in my state, pretty self explanatory.
I do not know all the facts about how this system works but I would assume that each State has similar types of programs, if not all States are already coordinating and participating together in a Nation-wide Prescription Monitoring Database. I would assume that is the case now- this program being a Nationwide or interconnected exchange of your Rx's and prescribers information for monitoring purposes.
(Please anybody, correct me if I'm wrong about any of this. I would love to know the real deal and laws.)
I'm sharing my experience with you because it is very similar to the situation @H20shed65 describes above.
So trying to make a long story short and to the point. I was visiting w my Primary Care doc on a regular basis due to a medication contract I had to sign as a result of being prescribed a controlled substance.
Very strict the way they ran things at this office, random phone calls and check-ins, UAs and medication counts, etc. Within a couple weeks, I was given a referral to find a local psychiatrist in my area and soon started seeing one which is the main reason I started at this office was for the referral. About two months go by, I was going to two separate practices and both were prescribing me various medications.
One day at my primary care office, my pcp comes in the room with a few papers in hand and obviously was not happy about something.
From what I gathered, my state's prescription monitoring program circulates a list or database of all prescribed prescriptions and/or controlled substances between providers/prescribers/pharmacists...
I'm not sure if its a monthly thing or bi-monthly publishing but point being is that my Pcp knew the name of my psych dr, appt. dates/times, and also what/when/where I filled my psych medications.
This same paper or "database" also is distributed to the pharmacists, other specialists, anyone having anything to do with your medications.
THEY SEE EVERYTHING!!
They may not have bothered to look before...but with opioid crack down that seems to be changing big time.
@Bawston,@El Grandote... you must be in one of the very few states that don’t have the prescription drug database. For any opioid or benzo, the doctor is required to check the database before giving you the script. All opioids and Benzos must be entered in the database by the doctor and the pharmacy that’s filling it.
What I’ve just found out though is that my prescription insurance isn’t covering a number of prescriptions anymore even if they’re generic and they are limiting the number you can receive per month. For example I can receive up to 8 generic Ativan and they will be covered. They can’t stop my doctor though from prescribing generic Valium however they don’t cover that one at all. Go figure?
Docs def can look to see what meds u are getting from pharmacy. Every time I see my gyn when his nursing assistant comes to get my info b4 I see the doc-She always asks me if I’m still taking the same meds-and reads them off. A couple months ago she asked if I was still taking my tram, birth control and norco. I was shocked over the norco as my dentist gave me the 5 norco’s after having tooth extracted and this had absolutely nothing to do w/ my gyno doc. I guess I looked at her funny/kinda shocked by the question & she stated their system is now updated to see what meds we are taking/having filled at pharmacy. It wasn’t any big deal, as my gyno doesn’t give me anything controlled, but this certainly caught me off guard. I’m guessing it’s a new thing. I had never had this happen in the past with my family doc-this could have gotten me into trouble with him lol
As far as my docs knowing what i order from these online pharmacies-no!! Obviously I don’t think vendors would want to do that. The online purchases have never been reported to any of my docs anyhow