On Friday, March 13, Governor Cuomo signed a one-year extension of the e-prescribing mandate that will require all prescriptions to be submitted electronically. The bill to delay the mandate was unanimously passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature. The mandate will now go into effect on March 27, 2016.
When the mandate goes into effect on March 27, 2016, it will apply to all prescribers (except veterinarians) and to all medications – both controlled and non-controlled substances. The mandate was part of legislation to reduce drug diversion and to eliminate prescription problems due to misunderstood handwriting, stolen prescription pads and “doctor shopping.”
For more information, click here to read a press release from MSSNY.
PLEASE NOTE: This is the latest and most accurate information regarding the e-prescription mandate deadline extension. For background information on the e-prescribing mandate and the extension, our previous blog posts on the matter can be found here and here.