All prescription data contained in the MPDR is protected health information.
There are no fees associated with access to information in the MPDR. Access will be granted to the types of licensees specified below.
Pharmacists, physicians and other licensees with prescriptive authority for controlled substances are eligible for online access to registry information. Montana licensees who are eligible for online access to the MPDR include Dentists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Resident Physicians, Naturopathic Physicians, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Podiatrists, and Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) with prescriptive authority. Eligible licensees can apply for registry access on the MPDR Home Page, www.mpdr.mt.gov (follow the registration instructions and links in the white box).
Designated representatives from the Montana Medicare and Medicaid programs, Tribal Health, Indian Health Services and Veterans Affairs are eligible for online access to registry information that has been collected for participants in that representative’s program. These individuals can apply for registry access by completing a request form and submitting it to the MPDR office. The application form for access by agency representatives is available on the MPDR’s Information Page.
Law enforcement professionals, including coroners, can obtain a report of an individual’s registry information by submitting an investigative subpoena for information related to an active investigation. A subpoena must contain certain details in order for the MPDR to release protected health information. Please refer to “How Law Enforcement Can Obtain MPDR Information” on the MPDR’s Information Page, for full details. All reports will be delivered digitally through a secure online file transfer service.
Any individual can request that their medical practitioner or pharmacist provide them with a copy of their own prescription history from the MPDR.
An individual may also submit a notarized copy of a request form to the MPDR’s administrative office in order to obtain a digital or paper report of their own prescription history from the registry. The request form for individual patients is available on the MPDR’s Information Page.
State licensing boards or their agents may request a report when a licensed health care provider is under active investigation for suspected drug abuse or drug diversion. This information may only be shared with the licensing board or individuals who are otherwise involved in the investigation. Board Investigators must submit a request form to the MPDR; this form is posted on the MPDR’s Information Page. All reports will be delivered digitally through a secure online file transfer service.
Montana Board of Pharmacy staff members have access to information in the Registry for administrative and maintenance functions of the MPDR.
Refer to §37-7-1506 Mont. Code Ann. and to Administrative Rules of Montana §24.174.1708 for full details.