Jennifer D. Oliva, JD., Discusses flaws in prescription drugs surveillance (PDMP)

Professor Oliva asserts:

” DEA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) predictive platforms deserve serious scrutiny because they are the only law enforcement-developed digital surveillance systems that health care providers have ever utilized to diagnose and treat patients. Providers may rely on unvalidated PDMP risk scores to make prescribing decisions because they view those scores as clinically useful.

That claim should be viewed with skepticism because there is no evidence that PDMP scores accurately ascertain patient drug misuse risk. It is also questionable whether clinical reliance on PDMP risk scores is truly voluntary, given that the regulatory environment leaves providers with little choice but to take seriously the information generated by proprietary PDMP algorithms.”