As of March 27, prescriptions will no longer be handwritten or called in to the pharmacy. There are some exceptions, such as during disasters or in the event of technological or electrical failures. In those case, prescriptions can be handwritten but only on an official New York State prescription form.
All prescriptions written in New York must now be transmitted electronically from the prescriber to the pharmacy, as part of the state’s I-STOP initiative (Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing. Its aim is to stem the flow of legal drugs into illicit markets.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION?
A prescription signed and transmitted directly to a pharmacy from the point of care through a secure e-prescribing tool or electronic health record system.
WHAT IT’S NOT
- A prescription sent to a pharmacy in an email
- A prescription that’s faxed to a pharmacy from a computer (e-fax)
- A prescription written on a computer, printed and hand-delivered to the pharmacy
DOES I-STOP MANDATE ANYTHING OTHER THAN ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING?
In brief, I-STOP requires a prescriber to consult the State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP) database prior to prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance, it reclassified a number of controlled substances, it created the Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program and it mandated the DOH to establish a consumer program for the safe disposal of controlled substances.