Board of Pharmacy Announces Important OARRS Upgrade

Ohio is deploying a new tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse, according to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (BOP), which announced an upgrade to Ohio’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).

Starting Nov. 20, the new platform will be available at no cost to all Ohio healthcare providers who access OARRS through electronic health records and the OARRS website. Ohio is the first state in the country to provide this new resource.

The upgrade will provide Ohio prescribers and pharmacists with advanced analytics and tools to promote patient safety and assist in clinical decision-making. It offers several key features, including scores that calculate a patient’s possible risk of overdose and addiction, red flags to alert prescribers of a potential patient safety issue, interactive visualization of prescription data, a messaging option to communicate with other healthcare providers, and the ability to search for local addiction treatment providers.

Under the Kasich administration, Ohio has strengthened its prescription drug monitoring program to offer prescribers and pharmacists a greater ability to prevent opiate abuse. During a 4-year period, “doctor shopping” has decreased substantially and the total number of opiates dispensed to patients has decreased by 20%, according to the BOP.

For more information on OARRS, visit

Implementation of the upgrade is supported by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).   

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