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Legislature Advances Bill Mandating e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Tuesday, May 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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On Tuesday, May 21, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 2174 by Rep. John Zerwas and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, which requires electronic prescribing of all controlled substances (EPCS) starting January 1, 2021. This legislation is important for pharmacy because it helps improve patient care and increases safety and security in the prescribing process. Not only does it eliminate handwriting errors, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) e-prescribing requirements call for two-factor authentication, reducing the likelihood of fraudulent prescribing. Data self-reported by drug abusers suggest between 3 percent to 9 percent of diverted opioid prescriptions are tied to forged paper prescriptions. That’s as many as 915,000 in Texas. As only 14% of controlled substance prescriptions are issued electronically, there is significant opportunity to improve the security of controlled substance prescriptions.


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