A new survey has found that most Indiana physicians are aware of the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking Program (INSPECT) but are checking it only on a periodic basis, mostly because of time restraints.
Results of the 2013 Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) Knowledge and Use Survey were presented this month to the Indiana Board of Pharmacy by the IUPUI Center for Health Policy. The study revealed that more than 70 percent of respondents had used INSPECT but only 8.6 percent said they checked the site at every patient visit.
The majority of those surveyed said INSPECT was useful for monitoring controlled substances prescribed to patients, decreasing doctor shopping by patients and decreasing the incidence of controlled prescription drug misuse and diversion.
Physicians also were opposed to government requirements to use the program but supported improved access to the site.
Respondents offered these suggestions:
- Provide data in real time
- Offer more education concerning best practices, regulations and law enforcement policies regarding drug diversion, trends and patterns of prescription drug misuse, and current research for treating acute and chronic pain
- Encourage community education on prescription drug abuse, including how to dispose of unused or expired medications
- Provide clear recommendations for easily administered, comprehensible and affordable screening and evaluation tools
Nearly 6,000 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners dentists and pharmacists completed the survey that was conducted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30. The effort was a collaboration of the IPLA, the state Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force Education Committee and the IUPUI Center for Health Policy.
Dr. Wright said the study was a good baseline and expects to replicate it.
INSPECT is a web-based system that collects and retains data on every controlled substance dispensed in Indiana. Registered users include law enforcement, pharmacies and prescribers. Once registered, a physician can log on to the INSPECT system and request prescription history reports for a patient.
Read more about the study at the INSPECT website.