As part of New York’s efforts to curb opioid abuse, Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation to amend New York State Public Health Law §3331, which will take effect on July 22, 2016. Restrictions have been put in place to limit initial narcotic prescriptions to seven days.
The objective of the program is to prevent the improper procurement of prescriptions for controlled substances across state lines.
Mandatory e-prescribing of all prescription medication, controlled substances and non-controlled substances, takes effect in New York State on March 27, 2016. All practitioners need to be familiar with the requirements of this law.
Educating patients about their prescription medications and keeping medical records updated with prescription information both help to ensure patient safety.