New Nebraska Law Creates Mandatory Reporting of Controlled Substance Prescriptions in 2017

On February 26, 2016, Nebraska’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was authorized into law by Governor Pete Ricketts (R) through bill LB471.  The PDMP bill will take full effect on January 1, 2017, and is designed to address the over-prescribing of prescription drugs in Nebraska and help physicians and prescribers control and monitor controlled substance prescriptions. All controlled substance prescriptions must now be reported by the prescriber and the many loopholes that previously existed for patients to opt-out of the reporting requirements was eliminated in this new bill. The PDMP will be a collecting controlled substance prescription information, which will help contribute to reducing situations of the over-prescribing of drugs, such as opioids. To learn more about the Nebraska’s PDMP program, please read here.