South Carolina Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System (SCRIPTS)
The purpose of the S.C. Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System (SCRIPTS) is to collect data on all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances dispensed in and/or into the state of South Carolina.
The program 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 use of legal controlled substances.
In 2006, the S. C. General Assembly authorized DHEC's Bureau of Drug Control (BDC) to establish and maintain SCRIPTS. Through the program the BDC monitors the prescribing and dispensing of all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances by professionals licensed to prescribe or dispense the substances in South Carolina.
All dispensers of Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances are required to collect and report the following information to the data repository managed by Health Information Designs Inc. (HID) of Auburn, Alabama:
- Dispenser DEA number
- Date dispensed
- Prescription number
- Status - whether prescription is new or a refill
- NDC code for drug dispensed
- Quantity dispensed
- Approximate number of days supplied
- Patient name
- Patient address (including city, state and zip code)
- Patient date of birth
- Prescriber’s DEA number
- Date prescription was issued by prescriber
SCRIPTS is an online service. A prescriber or a pharmacist must apply for access to the database by supplying the program with appropriate credentials prior to receiving any patient information. A prescriber or pharmacist may not allow anyone else to use his or her user name and password to obtain a patient Rx history report. The Web site is available 24/7; however, there may be up to a six week lag-time from the actual dispensing date until the date the data is available online. In most cases, a patient report is available for viewing within minutes.
SCRIPTS does not warrant any report to be accurate or fully complete. Each report is based on the search criteria entered and the data entered by the dispensing practitioner or pharmacy. For more information about any prescription in a SCRIPTS report or to verify a prescription, please contact the practitioner or pharmacy that dispensed it.
Scope of Authority
The Prescription Monitoring Act requires dispensers to submit to Drug Control, by electronic or manual means, information regarding each prescription dispensed for a controlled substance. The controlled substance data shall be reported at least every 30 days, between the 1st and the 15th of each month following the month the controlled substance was dispensed.
SCRIPTS and HIPAA
The South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) will require dispensers of controlled substances, i.e., pharmacies and practitioners who dispense directly to patients, to report monthly controlled substance dispensing information for each prescription dispensed, including patient name, prescriber name, dose and quantity of the controlled substance prescribed, and the pharmacy that dispensed the prescription. Currently, most states have similar programs. Further, these programs are considered HIPAA compliant.
The HIPAA privacy regulations permit disclosure of protected health information, without authorization or opportunity to agree or object, in certain specified instances. These include disclosures for a covered person’s own treatment, payment of claims, and health care operations of the covered entity. In addition, state laws may also address privacy concerns with regard to confidentiality of patient information. In some instances, state law may provide for more stringent restrictions on release of patient information than the HIPAA privacy regulations; in those cases, the state law takes precedence.
Further, HIPAA privacy rules permit disclosure of protected health information to law enforcement, without authorization or opportunity to agree or object, provided such disclosure is limited to investigation or conduct of an official inquiry into a potential violation of law, or prosecutions arising from these violations. Even in those circumstances when disclosure to law enforcement is permitted by the rule, the privacy rule does not require covered entities to disclose any information. However, some other federal or state law may require a disclosure, and the privacy rule does not interfere with the operation of these other laws. The PMP is an example of one of these state laws.
BDC inspectors are state law enforcement officers, charged with specific responsibilities for monitoring and investigation of regulated entities and persons under the state’s Controlled Substances Act. The PMP falls under the authority of this Act and contains provisions protecting the confidentiality of this information and preventing unauthorized disclosures.
For additional information, contact: E-mail or telephone (803) 896-0688