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Prescription Monitoring

The South Carolina prescription monitoring program, known as SCRIPTS (South Carolina Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System), is intended to improve the state's ability to identify and stop diversion of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of licit controlled substances where there is a valid prescriber-patient or pharmacist-patient relationship.

As of September 1, 2014 SCRIPTS had more than 63 million dispensing records in its database.

What does a SCRIPTS report show?

The report shows information for controlled substance (CII-CIV) prescriptions a patient has had filled for the specified time period, as well as the prescriber who prescribed them and the dispenser who dispensed them.

Which drugs are included in the tracking system?

Controlled Substances Schedules II, III & IV (i.e., OxyContin®; Percocet®; Vicodin®; Klonopin®; Xanax®; and Valium®)

What types of data are in the system?

The SCRIPTS database includes all retail and outpatient hospital pharmacy dispensing of schedules II-IV controlled substances. It also includes any controlled substance dispensing activity of those substances which occurs into the state of South Carolina, i.e., mail-order pharmacies.

The database does not include, most long-term care and assisted living dispensing; methadone clinic, emergency room/department dispensing (less than a 48-hour supply) and veterinarian dispensing (less than a five day supply or phenobarbital up to a 31 day supply).

Where is the data stored?

The data is stored and maintained in a highly secure database. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to the PMP.

What is the turnaround time for a report?

The website is available 24/7. In most cases, the patient report is available for viewing within minutes. PMP does not warrant any report to be accurate or fully complete. The report is based on the search criteria and data entered by the dispensing practitioner or pharmacy. For more information about any prescription in a SCRIPTS report or to verify a prescription, contact must be directed to the practitioner or pharmacy that dispensed it.

Is there a lag-time before the data is available?

There may be up to a 24-48 hour delay from the actual dispensing date until the data is available on-line.

What are the uses for SCRIPTS reports?

A SCRIPTS report provides information for schedules II-IV controlled substance prescriptions a patient has had filled for the specified time period, as well as the prescriber who prescribed them and the dispenser who dispensed them. The report should be used to supplement a patient evaluation, to confirm a patient's drug history, or document compliance with a therapeutic regimen.

Is it safe to say that a SCRIPTS report is complete and accurate?

SCRIPTS does not warrant any report to be accurate or complete. The Report is based on the search criteria entered and the data entered by the dispensing pharmacy or practitioner. It also depends on the timely submission of data from the dispensing pharmacy or practitioner. For more information about any prescription in a SCRIPTS report or to verify a prescription, please contact the pharmacy or dispensing practitioner that dispensed it.

For additional information call 803-896-0688 or email scripts@dhec.sc.gov.