PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-470 WAC, Prescription monitoring program, updating the rules to reflect changes in the law, including: Adding language to establish alternative data reporting requirements for veterinarians reporting the dispensing of controlled substances to the prescription monitoring program (PMP); and clarifing [clarifying] that controlled substances dispensed for one day use do not have to be reported by any dispenser.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.225.020, 70.225.025, SSB 6105 (chapter 192, Laws of 2012).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SSB 6105 (2012) requires the department, in collaboration with the veterinary board of governors, to establish alternative requirements for veterinarians reporting the dispensing of controlled substances to the PMP. The alternative requirements include: Identifying the data fields for reporting the dispensing of controlled substances by either electronic or nonelectronic methods; reporting the dispensing at least every six months, but no more than every three months. The bill also clarifies that drugs dispensed for one day use do not have to be reported by any dispenser. Rules need to be udated [updated] to reflect changes in the law.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None identified.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Persons interested in participating in the rule process or receiving updates can contact the Washington state prescription monitoring office through listserv at PRESCRIPTION-MONITORING@LISTSERV.WA.GOV, send a fax to (360) 236-2901, or by mail to the Prescription Monitoring Program, P.O. Box 47877, Olympia, WA 98504-7877. You can also contact Kitty Slater at (360) 236-4861.
June 25, 2012
Mary C. Selecky