Mandatory Electronic Prescribing in New York

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An electronic conduit for non-controlled prescriptions has been available to New York’s prescribers since 19991, with controlled substances added in 2013.2 On March 27, 2016 electronic prescribing became mandatory.3 To minimize the possibility of harmful interruption in patient care, the law provides for several exceptions. The New York State Department of Health (“DoH”; the lead regulatory agency) has made clear that it is not the pharmacist’s role to police prescribers in this context. Pharmacists retain their “corresponding responsibility” to assure the validity of prescriptions, but this does not include ensuring one of the exceptions to e-prescribing is in place when paper, telephone, and fax orders arrive.4

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