Capitol security measures and Governor’s PDMP called into question in House Budget Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It’s no secret that the Missouri Senate has had their issues with the Greitens administration in the Governor’s first year, but it now seems that the executive branch’s relationship with the House is now truly being tested. Members of the House Budget Committee bristled during a […]

50,000 more drug disposal pouches donated to Mo. to fight opioid epidemic

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On Monday, Governor Eric Greitens announced 50,000 more drug disposal pouches have been donated from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. The pouches are free for the public and designed for prescription drug users to be able to sustainably dispose of their excess drugs to prevent a possible addiction. Since […]

PDMP Debate: Why some physicians aren’t happy with Greitens’ executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Uncertainty and reluctant acceptance seem to be the general attitude of many following Gov. Eric Greitens’ executive order establishing a prescription drug monitoring program. “That was not a good day,” Rep. Robert Ross said while appearing on This Week in Missouri Politics. “I was extremely frustrated.” […]

How can Express Scripts get a no-bid contract for PDMP?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One week after the announcement of Governor Eric Greitens’ executive order seeking to establish a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) in the Show-Me State, Missouri lawmakers are still scratching their heads and wondering how the Governor can award a contract without allowing bidding for the contract. […]

Greitens’ Cabinet members pen letter outlining opioid response effort

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and members of the healthcare field are receiving a letter from members of Gov. Eric Greitens’ Cabinet in regard to the recent moves made by the executive branch in the fight against the opioid epidemic. A letter, signed by five of the Governor’s […]

House champion of prescription drug monitoring praises governor’s program, says hers is still needed

By Mike Lear Missouri now has a prescription drug monitoring program but it’s not the kind of program one state legislator has been proposing for years, and she says hers is still needed. Representative Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) calls the PDMP Governor Eric Greitens (R) launched Monday with an executive order, […]

Greitens launches PDMP with executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri will officially join the other 49 states in using a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Governor Eric Greitens on Monday signed Executive Order 17-18, which establishes a statewide drug monitoring program focused on those prescribing drugs and filing prescriptions. “The opioid crisis in Missouri has […]

PDMP Autopsy: How Rehder’s bill failed to make it to Greitens’ desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Before he became the target of dark money attack ads from A New Missouri Inc., before he got into a public spat with Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick over the managed care rollout, before he became essentially a central figure in the 2017 legislative session, Sen. Rob […]

Five topics that may prompt Greitens to call a special session

Gov. Eric Greitens hinted heavily at his end of session press conference that the Missouri General Assembly will come back for a special session. He gave the legislature an “incomplete” grade in answer to a question of how he would rate his own performance in his first legislative session as […]

House Republicans tout session-long successes as misfires underscore final day

House Democrats cite dysfunction for low number of bills Just moments after House Democrats scored two unexpected victories in the House, Speaker Todd Richardson emerged into the House Lounge with his caucus in tow to explain the major policy changes the Republican supermajority has instituted since Jan. 4. “For nearly a […]