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Drug Control - Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

Frequently Asked Questions

What does SCRIPTS stand for?

South Carolina Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System

Who may request a SCRIPTS report?

  1. A practitioner or pharmacist who requests information and certifies that the requested information is for the purpose of providing medical or pharmaceutical treatment to a bona fide patient;
  2. An individual who requests the individual’s own prescription monitoring information in accordance with procedures established pursuant to state law;
  3. A designated representative of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation responsible for the licensure, regulation, or discipline of practitioners, pharmacists, or other persons authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances and who is involved in a bona fide specific investigation involving a designated person;
  4. A local, state, or federal law enforcement or prosecutorial official engaged in the administration, investigation, or enforcement of the laws governing licit drugs and who is involved in a bona fide specific drug related investigation involving a designated person;
  5. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services regarding Medicaid program recipients;
  6. A properly convened grand jury pursuant to a subpoena properly issued for the records;
  7. Personnel of Drug Control for purposes of administration and enforcement of this article;
  8. Qualified personnel for the purpose of bona fide research or education; however, data elements that would reasonably identify a specific recipient, prescriber or dispenser must be deleted or redacted from such information prior to disclosure. Further, release of the information only may be made pursuant to a written agreement between qualified personnel and the department in order to ensure compliance.

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.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

If you require additional technical help with providing this information, please contact HID at or call 1-866-508-5349. Technical assistance will be available Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.

If you have any non-technical questions regarding the South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program, please contact:

Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) - SCRIPTS
DHEC Bureau of Drug Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201-1708
Phone: 803-896-0688
Fax: 803-896-0686
Christie Frick, RPh - Director
Tracie M. Paschall, CPhT - Program Coordinator

I am a dispensing pharmacy or dispensing practitioner how often do I have to report?

The controlled substance data shall be reported daily on days you are open for business. If no controlled substances are dispensed, a zero report must be submitted.

We are a software vendor for pharmacy software. I'm trying to set up a user account to test a file upload to make sure the file format is acceptable. It is not recognizing my pharmacy DEA# since I'm strictly testing and do not really have a DEA number. How should I proceed?

You should contact one of your clients to obtain a DEA number and zip code.

As for 'passing' testing can you tell me what I need to do?

We are not assigning Pass/Fail grades, since our Prescription Drug Monitoring system is designed to deal with data of varying accuracy. However, in responding to whether your data looks like your software is functioning, we have several issues in order of priority:

  1. Are the fields lined up correctly?
  2. Are the Dates formatted correctly?
  3. Does the Pharmacy Number contain a valid DEA number, or something that looks like it? Does the Prescriber Id contain a valid DEA number, or something that looks like it?
  4. Does the NDC field contain a valid NDC? Is that NDC actually a controlled substance?

The best way to make sure your uploads are going through as transmitted is by logging in and go to “Modify Upload Account” and select the method (email or fax) which you want to be notified so you will know for certainty data was transferred and received. If you are actually uploading and not using a vendor representative then you should always see an upload spreadsheet reflecting your data upload.

If you need further technical support please contact Health Information Designs, Inc. (HID) at 1-866-508-5349. Technical assistance is available Monday thru Friday from 9AM – 5PM EST.

I am a veterinarian; do I need to report to the PMP?

If you dispense (CII-CIV) controlled substances to an animal, the Prescription Monitoring Act classifies the animal who is the ultimate user of a drug for whom a drug was dispensed as a “patient”.

I am dispensing a controlled substance (CII-CIV) for an animal, who’s name, address and date of birth do I use, the animal or its owner?

PMP strongly encourages the dispenser to use the animals name, its owner’s address and the animal’s actual date of birth. The date of birth can usually be retrieved from the prescriber or the animal’s owner. If you only have the month and year of birth, please be consistent with the dates you use for this specific animal.

What are the consequences of not participating or knowingly failing to submit prescription monitoring information to the PMP?

Section 44-53-1680 (A) states, “A dispenser who knowingly fails to submit prescription monitoring information to drug control as required by this article, or who knowingly submits incorrect prescription information, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, must be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

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