July 11, 2018

DCP: Walmart Pharmacy first to link drug data in monitoring program

PHOTO | Walmart
PHOTO | Walmart
A Walmart Pharmacy.

Walmart Pharmacy is Connecticut's first to integrate its prescription drug data into the state's drug monitoring program, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).

DCP announced this week that Walmart Pharmacy locations in Connecticut have linked up with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which enables them to access patient records more efficiently. Walmart completed the integration in the end of June, DCP said.

"This type of integration gives health care professionals access to the information they need more quickly, so they can spend more time meeting patient needs," DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said.

Under the program, pharmacists in all states upload prescription drug data in the program for schedule II through schedule V controlled substances. The program gathers crucial patient care history that can help to reduce prescription abuse, addiction and overdose.

Walmart has 33 pharmacies in Connecticut, which has more than 700 licensed pharmacies.

The PDMP program started collecting data in 2008, DCP said.

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