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Drug Control - Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

PMP Fact Sheet

The South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), known as SCRIPTS (South Carolina Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System) went into effect on Feb 1, 2008 for pharmacies and dispensing prescribers to comply with submitting schedules II-IV controlled substance dispensing activity. SCRIPTS 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 December 1, 2013, SCRIPTS has over 59 million dispensing records in its database.

What is SCRIPTS? It is an on-line service available to prescribers and pharmacists. These licensed healthcare professionals must apply for access to the database by supplying the PMP with appropriate credentials prior to receiving any patient information.

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 VA outpatient, 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). Beginning January 1, 2012 any veterinarian dispensing of Phenobarbital (up to a thirty-one (31) day supply) does not need to be reported.

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 a 24-48 hour lag-time from the actual dispensing date until the data is available on-line.

What are the uses for the report? 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 presciber 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.

What must a SC or Out-of-State practitioner or pharmacist do to gain access? A prescriber or pharmacist must complete an on-line training course, apply for an account and be credentialed by the PMP prior to receiving access to the database of patient information. It is the current policy of the PMP that prescribers and pharmacists who practice outside of SC may only gain access to SCRIPTS if they are currently licensed in SC and meet all other credentialing criteria OR if they provide proof of a current professional license; proof of current DEA registration (prescribers only) and meet all other credentialing criteria. Applicant verification usually takes 3 to 5 business days.

What can occur to those who do not report or disclose confidential information? Dispensers who fail to report will be subject to a two thousand ($2,000) dollars fine and/or two (2) years imprisonment. Authorized users who knowingly disclose their account user information or breach confidentiality of the information will be subject to a ten thousand ($10,000) dollars fine and/or ten (10) years imprisonment.


For additional information, contact: E-mail or telephone (803) 896-0688