Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System

Ohio’s Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) can help physicians improve patient care, reduce prescription abuse, and prescribe safely.

OARRS can help prescribers:
  • Provide better patient care
  • Identify patients with potential drug seeking behaviors
  • Ensure that the patient’s drug therapy is appropriate
  • Comply with “press pause” clinical guidelines at 80 morphine equivalent dose (MED)
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of clinical guidelines making adoption of prescribing rules unnecessary.

Are you registered for OARRS? If you are not using OARRS, you need to start today!

House Bill 341 of the 130th Ohio General Assembly mandates the use of OARRS prior to prescribing an opioid analgesic or benzodiazepine. The law also includes OARRS registration requirements for both prescribers and pharmacists.

Beginning January 1, 2015, Ohio law requires that each prescriber who prescribes or personally furnishes opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines, as well as all pharmacists who dispense or plan to dispense controlled substances within the state of Ohio, certify to their respective licensing board that they have registered for an OARRS account upon renewing their license.

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Ohio law established several new requirements for Ohio prescribers related to OARRS:
  • Before initially prescribing or personally furnishing an opioid analgesic or a benzodiazepine to a patient, the prescriber must request patient information from OARRS that covers at least the previous 12 months.
  • The prescriber must also make periodic requests for patient information from OARRS if the course of treatment continues for more than 90 days.
  • Under the circumstances described above, the prescriber is required to assess the OARRS information and document in the patient record that a patient prescription history report was received and assessed.

In order to continue to assist the health care community in implementing the new laws, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has updated its frequently asked questions document that also reflects a November 2015 change in Ohio law pertaining to including the OARRS report in patient medical records.

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