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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

IHS, VA, Military Registration Instructions, and Use Exemptions

PDMP Registration and Exemptions

Do you work exclusively with the IHS, VA, military, or other federal employer? Do you work for a federal employer and a non-federal employer?

Click here to see if you are required to register with the PDMP.

Registration Exemptions:

All actively licensed practitioners in Alaska with a valid DEA registration and actively licensed pharmacists who dispense federally scheduled II – IV controlled substances must be registered with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Exemptions to registration requirements apply to:

Practitioners and pharmacists employed by an Indian Health Service (IHS) organization:

  • Click here for a list of Tribal Health Organizations in Alaska.
  • An internal directive from your IHS organization may compel you to register with the PDMP.
  • If you do register with the PDMP, you must register using the role "IHS Dispenser" if a pharmacist or "IHS Prescriber" if a prescribing practitioner. Your registering email should indicate affiliation with an IHS organization.
  • You are not required to pay the PDMP access fee set out in 12 AAC 02.107 if you do not hold a professional license under AS 08.
  • You are not required to submit a renewal form or payment, however, if your employment status changes such that you no longer work for an IHS organization, please contact the PDMP manager at: akpdmp@alaska.gov

Practitioners and Pharmacists employed by the Veterans Administration (VA):

  • An internal directive from the VA may compel you to register with the PDMP.
  • If you do register with the PDMP, you must register using the role ‘VA Dispenser’ if a pharmacist or ‘VA Prescriber’ if a prescribing practitioner. Your registering email should indicate affiliation with the VA organization.
  • Upload a copy of your license from another state to the AWARxE platform. This will satisfy the validation requirement.
  • You are not required to pay the PDMP access fee set out in 12 AAC 02.107 if you do not hold a professional license under AS 08.
  • Additional resource for VA employees: Indian Health Service and Military Medical Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Requirements
  • You are not required to submit a renewal form or payment, however, if your employment status changes such that you no longer work for the VA, please contact the PDMP manager at: akpdmp@alaska.gov

Other Federal Employees (including military):

  • You are not required to register with the PDMP under AS 08 if you do not hold an Alaska license; however, the PDMP is working with the Military Health System Prescription Monitoring Program “MHS PMP” to establish a registration and datasharing agreement.
  • If you do register, choose the appropriate role category when registering for the PDMP in the AWARxE database
  • Upload a copy of your license from another state to the AWARxE platform. This will satisfy the validation requirement.
  • You are not required to pay the PDMP access fee set out in 12 AAC 02.107 if you do not hold a professional license under AS 08.
  • You are not required to submit a renewal form or payment, however, if your employment status changes such that you no longer work for the federal employer, please contact the PDMP manager at: akpdmp@alaska.gov

Delegates:

  • You must register using the role "Prescriber Delegate – Licensed" or "Pharmacist Delegate - Licensed"
  • You must be registered, certified, or licensed under AS 08
  • To be approved, your supervisor and the PDMP administrator must approve your account
  • You are not required to pay the PDMP access fee set out in 12 AAC 02.107 if you do not hold a professional license under AS 08.

Use Exemptions:

If you are otherwise required to register with the PDMP, you are exempt from conducting a patient prescription history search and reporting prescription data if any of the following applies:

  • Dispensing to a patient for an outpatient supply of 24-hours or less at a hospital with an inpatient pharmacy for use after discharge (exempt by AS 17.30.200(u)(2)(A)).
  • Dispensing to a patient for an outpatient supply of 24-hours or less at a hospital emergency department (exempt by AS 17.30.200(u)(2)(B)).
  • Administering to an inpatient admitted to a healthcare facility (exempt by AS 17.30.200(k)).
  • Administering at the scene of an emergency, in an ambulance, or in an emergency department (exempt by AS 17.30.200(k)(4)(A)(iii)).
  • Dispensing, prescribing, or administering at a hospice or nursing home that has an inpatient pharmacy (AS 17.30.200(k)(4)(A)(iv)).
  • Dispensing, prescribing, or administering immediately before, during, or within the first 48 hours after surgery or a medical procedure (exempt by AS 17.30.200(k)).
  • Writing a non-refillable prescription for a controlled substance in a quantity intended to last for not more than three days (exempt by AS 17.30.200(k)(4)(B)).
  • Exempt from consulting the PDMP except when prescribing opioids to an inmate at the time of the inmate’s release (correctional facilities only; AS 17.30.200(u)).

Ready to register?

Visit alaska.pmpaware.net/login to access the registration link.