HB 90, the good version of the PDMP sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, continues to make progress. It should get out of the House soon but who knows what will happen in the Senate. Senator Schaaf is once again pretending to come up with a compromise. His current one is that he will support it if it requires physicians to check the PDMP every time they prescribe narcotics. His real intent is that he wants to make physicians look bad by voting against a PDMP bill if it had this in it.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel. Due to some controversy generated by Senator Schaaf, the MSMA refused to vote him in as President of the MSMA last week. He was President-Elect. Instead they voted in a family physician. The Saint Louis County PDMP is scheduled to go into effect at the end of April. We’ll see how well this works and how many other counties than join this the PDMP. Some early predictions are that this county wide collaboration may eventually cover 80% of the state.