Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective Date Extended to March 27, 2016
On March 13, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature amended the Public Health Law and the Education Law to extend the implementation date for mandatory electronic prescribing to March 27, 2016.
Although this amendment extends the effective date of mandated electronic prescribing, e-prescribing of both controlled and non-controlled substances is currently permissible in New York. Practitioners must continue their efforts to become compliant with the requirement, including working with their software vendors to implement the additional security requirements needed for e-prescribing of controlled substances, and registering their certified software applications with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
Information regarding e-prescribing may be accessed at the following links:
- DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
- Medical Marijuana Program
- FAQs (PDF, 242KB) - Updated April 2015 - New FAQ's see Questions 11-19, 40, 109-111
- Electronic Prescribing Important Notification to Hospitals — February 2015
- Guideline for Registered Community Pharmacy (Retail Pharmacy) Operation of Automated Dispensing Systems in Residential Health Care Facilities - January 2015 (PDF, 47KB)
- Safe Disposal of Unused Controlled Substance By Consumers - December 2014
- ROPES - Registration for Official Prescriptions and E-prescribing Systems
- Pharmacy EPCS Registration (DOH-5120) (PDF, 89KB)