2015 Legislative Changes

As of November 2015, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted HB 1948 mandating that all practitioners who write controlled prescriptions for opioids, benzodiazepines or Soma check the PMP. There are exceptions for Hospice, long term nursing facilities and end-of-life care. State licensing boards are responsible for enforcing this provision and setting policy. Please contact your licensing board for questions and guidance. Other changes in the bill include providing access to the PMP by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Board of Nursing, and Board of Examiners in Optometry. As a result, nine professional licensing boards now have access to the PMP. In addition, one of the most significant amendments to the legislations allows access to the PMP system by federal practitioners. Finally, the bill requires that OBN provide a list of the top twenty prescribers to each of the licensing boards. A web application has been provided to the boards for compliance checks and identification of the top prescribers.