NOTE: Information in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database is not discoverable or admissible in any civil or administrative action, except in an investigation and disciplinary proceeding by the department or the appropriate regulatory board, Section 893.055(7)(c), Florida Statutes.
FUNDING THE E-FORCSE SYSTEM
Section 893.055, Florida Statutes (F.S.), sets forth restrictions for how the Department of Health (DOH) may fund implementation of the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). It prohibits DOH from using state funds and any money received directly or indirectly from prescription drug manufacturers, to implement the program. Funding for the Florida PDMP comes from three funding sources:
1. Donations procured by the Florida PDMP Foundation, Inc., the direct-support organization authorized by section 893.055, F.S., to fund the continuing operation of the PDMP.
2. Federal Grants - the PDMP has been awarded three Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program grants from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. On May 19, 2010, DOH was awarded an "Implementation" grant of $400,000 to implement the prescription drug monitoring system. On September 19, 2010, DOH was awarded an "Enhancement" grant of $400,000 for system enhancements. On August 21, 2012, DOH was awarded a second "Enhancement" grant of $399,300 to enhance its PDMP.
Additionally, on September 20, 2012, DOH was awarded a grant of $240,105 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to integrate PDMP data into existing clinical workflow and technology and to expand interoperability.
3. Private grants and donations - DOH has been awarded three private grants from the National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities. These grants which total approximately $46,000 were used to create a website, to purchase office equipment, and to purchase promotional items.