About the CSPMP

The Arizona Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) is managed by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. Under the guidance of Doug Skvarla, RPh, Program Director, and governed by A.R.S. § 36-2602, the CSPMP team provides the State of Arizona with a central database to track the dispensing of Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances in Arizona. The statutes surrounding the CSPMP include A.R.S. § 36-2601 through 36-2610.

Important Milestones in the Arizona CSPMP History-

CSPMP Milestones

User Access & Data Management - Authorized persons may request information from the CSPMP to assist them in treating patients and identifying and deterring drug diversion, consistent with A.R.S. § 36-2604. The CSPMP administrators vet applicants and grant access to individual licensed health professionals able to prescribe or dispense Schedules II through V controlled substances. Examples of health professionals with access include physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and more. The CSPMP Administrators also assist users with account information management and general questions. 

Release of CSPMP Data - Pursuant to A.R.S. § 36-2604, the Arizona CSPMP may also release data collected by the program to the following: an individual who requests the individual's own prescription monitoring information, a medical practitioner regulatory board, a law enforcement or criminal justice agency (local, state or federal), a health care insurer, a person who is serving a lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction, or a county medical examiner or alternate medical examiner who is directing an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a death. Different statutory requirements must be met in order to release CSPMP data to each requestor stated above. The CSPMP administrators protect the confidentiality and security of the data through the collection and storage process as well as through the transmission of requested reports. 

CSPMP Integration with Electronic Health Records - The ASBP helps fund integration allowing healthcare entities large and small to connect to the CSPMP through their current electronic health record system or pharmacy management system and the CSPMP Gateway (integrated product). This makes connecting to the CSPMP more efficient and easier to use because the user is not required to log in to the web portal. Through various methods of marketing and campaigning, the CSPMP team works toward the goal of integrating every interested and eligible entity in the state of Arizona and tracks the progress of integration efforts on a public spreadsheet located on the CSPMP website’s integration page.

Compliance - During the August 2021 CSPMP Task Force meeting, task force members agreed that the CSPMP staff should begin measuring compliance regarding CSPMP registration, data reporting, and usage requirements. The CSPMP compliance team works closely with data submitters, medical professionals, and licensing boards to ensure various compliance requirements are met pursuant to Arizona CSPMP statutes. 

Community Outreach & Education - The Arizona CSPMP is dedicated to providing educational resources to the public regarding the CSPMP’s uses and benefits through various marketing strategies. The CSPMP’s marketing specialist represents the program at many events across the State of Arizona including, but not limited to: opioid seminars, law enforcement training events, and resident orientations. The CSPMP has many helpful tools including training videos and FAQs built into the CSPMP website to further assist those seeking information about the program. 

Public Facing Dashboard & Data Analysis - The Arizona CSPMP has two epidemiologists who actively collaborate with public health agencies such as the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services by analyzing data. Through the Overdose to Action grant, the CSPMP receives funding through the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to produce a public facing dashboard, measuring the number of prescriptions and dosage units. For tailored data, the dashboard can be manipulated and filtered by county and year. Dangerous combinations such as opioid and benzodiazepine overlap are also incorporated into the dashboard to show data on patients receiving this combination and prescribers who prescribed at least one opioid or benzodiazepine to a patient who received a combination of both.

Interstate Data Sharing - Arizona currently shares data nationwide with 46 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Military Health System. Interstate data collaborative efforts have increased the availability of valuable information for medical professionals to assist them in making the best healthcare decisions for their patients and deterring drug diversion. Interstate data availability varies based on each state’s statutory limitations. 

There are several abbreviations used to refer to the CSPMP nationwide, including:

  • CSPMP = Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program
  • PDMP = Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • PMP = Prescription Monitoring Program