Taking control of controlled substances: Fighting the opioid crisis through electronic prescribing

Medical Economics

Lee Barrett

The number of states that require e-prescribing of controlled substances passed the halfway mark in 2019, for a total of 26. As of 2018, 31% of all controlled substances prescriptions were issued through electronic prescribing controlled substances (EPCS) software. Overall, 85% record of all prescriptions are being issued electronically.

Significant movement on the EPCS front is expected this year as providers scramble to comply with a federal law mandating electronic prescribing for all controlled substances under Medicare Part D starting Jan. 1, 2021.

Electronic prescribing holds much promise to increase the accuracy of prescriptions (no more pharmacists trying to interpret a doctor’s scribbles or signature) and to curb misuse of legal controlled substances. But e-prescribing systems should adhere to the highest standards of privacy and security to prevent unauthorized access to patient information, protecting that information in databases, e-prescribing systems and everywhere in between. That’s why e-prescribing systems should be accredited by

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