As of March 27, pharmacies will no longer be permitted to accept paper scripts, nor will they honor those sent in by fax or regular e-mail. Instead, New York law mandates that from then on, all prescriptions must be submitted via a specially secure dedicated system. This applies to all kinds of medication, not just opioids and is meant to help staunch the flow of illegal drugs (particularly narcotics and certain psychiatric meds) into the blackmarket through the use of stolen prescription pads.
Although the New York legislature had voted e-prescribing into law back in 2012, setting an initial deadline for last year, enactment of the new law was postponed due to certain logistic problems including the fact that several vendors’ systems were not yet certified for prescribing controlled substances, and the fact that a large number of doctors had not installed the systems as of the March 27, 2015 date.
“There will be no more extensions and no excuses not to comply,” stated Dr. Joseph Maldonado, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.
However there will be some exceptions permitted in the case of prescriptions originally written out of New York. In addition, veterinarians will still be allowed to write paper scripts for animals.