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DEA: Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Federal Register, March 31, 2010: Drug Enforcement Administration – 21 CFR Parts 1300, 1304, 1306, 1311 [Docket No. DEA-218I] – RIN 1117-AA61 – Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

  • “The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is revising its regulations to provide practitioners with the option of writing prescriptions for controlled substances electronically. The regulations will also permit pharmacies to receive, dispense, and
    archive these electronic prescriptions. These regulations are an addition to, not a replacement of, the existing rules. The regulations provide pharmacies, hospitals, and practitioners with the ability to use modern technology for controlled substance
    prescriptions while maintaining the closed system of controls on controlled substances dispensing; additionally, the regulations will reduce paperwork for DEA registrants who dispense controlled substances and have the potential to reduce prescription forgery. The regulations will also have the potential to reduce the number of prescription errors caused by illegible handwriting and misunderstood oral prescriptions. Moreover, they will help both pharmacies and hospitals to integrate prescription records into other medical records more directly, which may increase efficiency, and potentially reduce the amount of time patients spend waiting to have their prescriptions filled. This rule has been classified as a major rule subject to Congressional review.”

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