NY State’s Electronic Prescription LawMay 3, 2016
Effective in March 2016, all prescriptions written in New York must be issued electronically Therefore, all pharmacies in New York must accept electronic prescriptions, and physicians may no longer provide handwritten prescriptions, with limited exceptions. One permitted exception is for prescriptions that will be filled by an out-of-state mail order pharmacy that does not accept electronic prescriptions. Some practitioners may not be aware that these prescriptions are excepted from the mandate.
If one of your New York-based employees encounters a problem obtaining a written prescription for mail order use, these official resources may help educate the practitioner:
- Practitioner Notification Process – Use of an Electronic Prescribing Exception, New York State, Department of Health
- BNE Update, Fall 2015, New York State, Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (see page 7)
- Frequently Asked Questions for Electronic Prescribing, New York State, Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (see question 127, which starts at the bottom of page 22 in the April 2016 revision)