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Controlled substances prescription monitoring program, A.R.S. § 36-2602

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“Controlled substances prescription monitoring program; contracts; retention and maintenance of records”
The Arizona state board of pharmacy (“board”) must create a controlled substances prescription monitoring program in order to electronically monitor prescriptions and use of schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances in Arizona. The program must help law enforcement identify illegal activity and provide information about inappropriate use of controlled substances to health professionals and patients.
The board may contract with public or private entities to operate the program so long as such contractors adhere to the confidentiality requirements established in the remainder of the article (A.R.S. §§ 36-2602-2610).  The board must maintain medical records in compliance with A.R.S. § 12-2297 (specifying the length of time that providers must maintain records).