HOW PHARMACISTS USE K-TRACS

Using K-TRACS as a clinical decision-making tool improves patient safety and helps pharmacists promote community health.

K-TRACS patient data should be used in combination with other screening tools and health information to determine the best patient outcomes. You should check K-TRACS before dispensing controlled substances to ensure the patient doesn't have overlapping prescriptions or concerning patterns of behavior.

Watch our pharmacist tutorials to learn more about best practices for using K-TRACS to inform clinical decisions.

PHARMACY REPORTING TO K-TRACS

All pharmacies that dispense controlled substances are required to report prescription data daily. (Some exceptions apply.) View the reporting requirements.

PHARMACIST USE OF K-TRACS

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86% of Kansas-licensed pharmacists use K-TRACS. Pharmacists and their delegates make up one-fourth of all K-TRACS users.

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Half of K-TRACS patient searches were completed by pharmacists and their delegates in 2019. The number of patient searches completed by pharmacists and their delegates has increased 377% from 2016 to 2019.

DISPENSING RESOURCES

View resources and best practices for dispensing controlled substances for Kansas patients, based on guidelines from CDC, CMS and other regulatory agencies. Review these resources with all pharmacists in your practice to ensure consistency in dispensing. 

Source: NABP

NALOXONE IN KANSAS

Pharmacists across Kansas are increasing access to naloxone by signing the statewide protocol to offer the opioid overdose reversal agent in their local communities. View a map of available locations and learn more about the protocol.

PUT MEDICATION SAFETY FIRST

Become a Medication Collection and Disposal site and/or partner with local law enforcement to host a Drug Take Back Day to promote medication safety in your community. Partner with K-TRACS and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy by filling out our registration form to be included in consumer information about disposal opportunities. To collect controlled substances or host a Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA's website.

IMPLEMENT THE PROVIDER TOOLKIT

K-TRACS has developed a toolkit that pharmacies can implement in their practices to help patients understand K-TRACS usage and the importance of medication safety. You can choose the materials that work best for your pharmacy and your patients.

In addition, pharmacies are required to post notice of their use of K-TRACS for patients, according to KAR 68-21-4.

Download the "We Check K-TRACS" poster for pharmacies to comply with the regulation.

Poster for Pharmacies