Thursday, January 22, 2015


The Iowa PMP provides authorized prescribers and pharmacists with information regarding their patients’ use of Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances, a tool in determining appropriate prescribing and treatment of patients without fear of contributing to a patient’s abuse or dependence on addictive drugs or diversion of those drugs to illicit use. The database contains controlled substance dispensing information from Iowa pharmacies beginning January 1, 2009, and will maintain records for four years following the date of dispensing. Iowa pharmacies are required to report dispensing information to the program at least weekly. Effective January 1, 2013, nonresident Iowa pharmacies that dispense into Iowa began weekly reporting of controlled substances prescriptions delivered to patients located in Iowa.

All information contained in the PMP database, including records of requests for patient prescription history reports, is privileged and strictly confidential and is not subject to public or open records laws.  Authorized health care practitioners (prescribers and pharmacists) may, but are not required to, access PMP information regarding their patients’ use of controlled substances to assist them in determining appropriate treatment options and to improve the quality of patient care. The PMP provides health care practitioners with another health care tool. The PMP database assists practitioners in identifying potential diversion, misuse, or abuse of controlled substances by their patients while facilitating the most appropriate and effective medical use and verifying appropriate use of those addictive substances.

Health care practitioners who are authorized to prescribe or dispense controlled substances may obtain PMP information regarding their patients, or regarding patients seeking treatment from the health care practitioner, for the purpose of providing health care.

For more information on the PMP System please contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or at  

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