Official Prescription Program

  • Effective March 27, 2015, electronic prescribing of controlled and non-controlled substances will be mandatory for practitioners, excluding veterinarians.In the event a written prescription is necessary, section 281 of the Public Health Law requires all prescriptions issued in New York State (NYS) to be written on a serialized Official NYS Prescription form. Please see below for instructions on how to obtain Official NYS Prescription Forms.

Practitioners/Medical Practices

(Individual practitioners regardless of practice setting: MD, DDS, NP, PA, DO, etc.)

Institutions/Licensed Facilities/Clinics

(Hospitals, nursing homes, adult homes, etc)

  • Institutions/licensed facilities/clinics must possess a valid operating certificate from the oversight agency (DOH, OMH, OPWDD, etc.)
  • Register: Before a facility can order official prescriptions, the facility must register with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. Please email a request to register with a copy of the operating certificate to BNE at narcotic@health.ny.gov or call 866-811-7957 Option 1.
  • Ordering prescriptions:
    • Facility order form – Email BNE at narcotic@health.ny.gov or call 866-811-7957 Option 1 to request an order form. Prescription pads only. Order received within 7-10 business days.
    • On-line through the Health Commerce System – Please email BNE at narcotic@health.ny.gov or call 866-811-7957 Option 1 for assistance with setting up the facility HCS account. Prescription pads and EMR paper. Order received within 3-5 business days.
  • Important Notice to Practitioners and Healthcare Facilities Utilizing EMR Systems
  • Exempt Health Care Facilities List (PDF, 155KB)

Lost/Stolen Official Prescriptions

Return of Official Prescriptions

Official NYS Prescription forms may be mailed back to BNE for the following reasons:

  • Deceased practitioner
  • Wrong product ordered
  • Retirement
  • No longer prescribing
  • Administrative Action

Mail to: Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement
Riverview Center
150 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204

Frequently Asked Questions