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Senate Committee passes PDMP legislation

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For years there have been numerous attempts to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP, in Missouri.

On Feb. 24, the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a hearing on a PDMP bill that had previously passed the Missouri House. After the hearing, the committee passed House Bill 1693, carried by Rep. Holly Rehder, a Republican from Sikeston.

“When a patient comes in, makes an appointment with the physician, or medical professional that is able to write prescriptions, they can look to see what their patient is already on before they prescribe it,” said Holly Rehder, a longtime PDMP proponent and a 2019 Missouri Chamber Business Champion.

The Senate committee’s support for this bill moves it one step closer to passage through the Missouri General Assembly. PDMP legislation is intended to fight against Missouri’s opioid epidemic. It would combat prescription drug abuse and addiction within the state.

Missouri is the only state in the nation that has not implemented a PDMP.

Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, a Republican from Parkville and a 2019 Missouri Chamber Business Champion, is sponsoring the Senate’s PDMP bill, SB 677.

The Missouri Chamber has been a leading advocate for PDMP legislation for years and will continue to support this legislation’s passage in 2020.

You can send a message to your legislators here asking them to support this important measure.

For more information, contact Kara Corches, director of legislative affairs, at kcorches@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511.

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