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Policy Statements

Long Term Care (LTC):

The Bureau of Drug Control has adopted a policy similar to many other states that sponsor a monitoring program. The Prescription Monitoring Program's (PMP) policy is that pharmacies that provide (dispense) medications to LTC facility residents do not have to report this population's controlled substance (CII-CIV) dispensing activity.

However, if the pharmacy dispenses to non-LTC residents (i.e.: outpatient hospice, outpatient home infusion, pharmacy employees/families or outpatient retail customers) reporting to the PMP must occur.

Zero Reporting:

The Prescription Monitoring Program's policy for a dispenser who has a business day of dispensing activity of "0", are required to report via the web-based system. No reports are required on days that the business is closed.

Home Infusion:

The Prescription Monitoring Program's policy is that any pharmacy that dispenses home infusion medications to outpatient hospice and/ or outpatient home infusion patients, must report to the PMP.

Emergency Room / Department Dispensing:

The Prescription Monitoring Program's policy is that any controlled substance (CII-CIV) dispensing activity, up to a forty-eight (48) hour supply, in a licensed institutional or hospital emergency room/department does not have to report to the PMP. However, if a facility emergency room/department dispenses quantities greater than a forty-eight (48) hour supply, the dispensing activity must be reported to the PMP.

Veterinarian Dispensing:

See Veterinarians page.

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