Medication Safety

For member safety, Medicaid has the "PRODUR" computer program, which checks each new prescription for possible problems before a member receives the medication. The purpose is to prevent a new medication from causing a member more health problems.

When a member takes a prescription to a pharmacist, the pharmacist bills the prescription through the Medicaid computer program. The program checks the prescription against certain drug criteria, and against all other prescriptions that the member has filled through Medicaid. It does not matter where the member filled the prescription. Prescriptions filled at any pharmacy through Medicaid are kept in the computer files.

Here are the criteria the computer checks on prescriptions:

1.Is the dosage of the prescription below the minimum dose or above the maximum dose?

2.Is the prescription a duplicate of another drug given to the member?

3.Will the medication have an interaction with another drug given to the member?

4.Could the medication cause a health problem for member if he or she has certain medical conditions such as diabetes or is pregnant?

The computer program looks for problems which could be very serious, even life threatening. If the program finds a possible problem, the pharmacist sees a warning message. He will share the information with the , and you can contact the prescriber if necessary.