WI ePDMP Requirement Starts April 1

March 31, 2017 2:44 PM | Sally Winkelman (Administrator)

Wisconsin physicians are now required to follow an additional procedure before prescribing Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances, or any other drug identified by the board by rule as having a substantial potential for abuse.

Beginning on April 1, 2017, under Wisconsin Statute 961.385, Wisconsin practitioners must review a patient's records in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before the practitioner issues a prescription order for the patient.

This requirement does not apply under the following circumstances:\

  • The patient is receiving hospice care.
  • The prescription is for a dosage that is intended to last 3 days or less and is not refillable.
  • The monitored prescription drug is lawfully administered to the patient.
  • Because of an emergency, it is not possible for the practitioner to review patient records before issuance of the prescription.
  • The practitioner cannot review records because the program is not operational or due to some other technological failure (if the practitioner reports the failure to the board).
More information regarding Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Monitoring program can be found online at https://pdmp.wi.gov/