State Medical Board of Ohio to Identify Prescribers Who are not Using OARRS

Ohio law requires all prescribers of opioids or benzodiazepines to register and consistently use Ohio’s Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). And, Guidelines for the Management of Acute Pain Outside of Emergency Departments were established in January. Now that the law and guidance are in place, the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) will begin to use OARRS data to identify and contact prescribers who have failed to register for OARRS or who demonstrate a pattern of failure to check patients in OARRS.

In a related article published by The Associated Press, an August audit performed by the state Pharmacy Board found that 12,000 physicians (or one-third of Ohio physicians) appear to be violating the policy aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic. The Pharmacy Board gave the list to the Medical Board for follow-up action.

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