State and federal laws mandate the use of electronic prescriptions for controlled substances on or after Jan. 1, 2021. This law applies not only to Schedule IIs but also includes any prescription for a Schedule III, IV, or V. A number of exemptions exist including but not limited to prescriptions:
- issued where electronic prescribing is not available due to technological or electrical failure;
- Issued by a prescriber to be dispensed by a pharmacy located outside the state, and
- Issued by a prescriber who issues fifty or fewer prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances per year (not all prescriptions for all schedules.)
A detailed list of requirements and exemptions are available here.
Providers unable to comply with the electronic prescription requirement for a Schedule II, III, IV or V prior to January 1, 2021, may apply for a waiver from the requirement based on economic hardship or technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the health care prescriber or other exceptional circumstance demonstrated by the health care prescriber. The granting of this application provides a waiver from the electronic prescription requirement and is effective from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021. Learn more here
Note: This post was originally shared with members on Jan. 5, 2020.