Until 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) required that prescriptions for controlled substances be written on paper. When the DEA established the Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) rule (75 FR 16236, March 31, 2010), it gave practitioners the option to prescribe controlled substances electronically rather than just on paper and gave pharmacists the option to accept, dispense, and archive EPCS.
However, as of March 27, 2016, the state of New York is requiring that practitioners submit all prescriptions electronically, for both controlled and non-controlled substances, so paper prescriptions will no longer be options in the Empire State. It’s likely that other states will monitor New York’s implementation and perhaps follow suit, so even if your home care business is not in New York, this change may eventually affect you.
Take our quiz to see what you know about the movement toward mandated electronic prescriptions for all types of medications and how current and pending regulations may affect your specialty pharmacy or home infusion business.