Accessing the Prescription Monitoring Program

December 9, 2017

The biggest challenge veterinarians face when it comes to prescribing medications, says Lisa Penny, RPh, FSVHP, director of pharmacy at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, is not having access to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) website.

The biggest challenge veterinarians face when it comes to prescribing medications, says Lisa Penny, RPh, FSVHP, director of pharmacy at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, is not having access to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) website.

Doctors can use the PMP website to do an inspect on a patient and find out what other drugs they are filling. But this website doesn't work with pets — only people. So, there's no way to look and see if the pet owner has been going to multiple veterinarians with the same pet or filling multiple medications for the pet.

"There is no good way to check up on [pet owners] and verify what other drugs they're using," Penny said. "But in the human world, you only need their name and birthday."