THIS IS A JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE OREGON MEDICAL BOARD AND THE OREGON BOARD OF PHARMACY REGARDING ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTIONS FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
The mission of the Oregon Medical Board is to protect the
health, safety, and wellbeing of Oregon citizens by regulating the practice of
medicine in a manner that promotes access to quality care.
The mission of the
Oregon Board of Pharmacy is to promote, preserve and protect the public health,
safety and welfare by ensuring high standards in the practice of pharmacy and
by regulating the quality, manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs.
The DEA allows Electronic Prescribing of Controlled
Substances.1 However, prescribers are not required to transmit controlled substances
electronically, and pharmacies are not required to accept electronic
prescriptions for controlled substances.
- Paper prescriptions for
schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances are still permissible.
- Telephone authorization
for schedule III, IV, and V controlled substances are still valid.
In Oregon, electronic prescriptions for controlled
substances (including schedule II) are permitted only when both of the
following criteria2 are met:
- The prescriber’s software
has been authenticated by a DEA-approved certifying organization;3 and
- The pharmacy’s software
has been authenticated by a DEA-approved certifying organization.
Note: Not all prescribers or pharmacies have approved
systems. Prescribers and pharmacies
should understand the capabilities and limitations of their current
- Have a certification
report for the Electronic Health Records (EHR) or electronic prescription
application to verify compliance with the DEA rule.
- Obtain credentials to
electronically sign controlled substance prescriptions. The prescriber may need to contact the
EHR or application provider to determine how to obtain these credentials.
- Restrict access so that
only authorized individuals may sign controlled substance prescriptions.
- Have a certification
report for the electronic prescription application to verify compliance
with the DEA rule. Note: The
pharmacy’s certification report may be filed at a central location, such
as a corporate office.
- Maintain original
prescription records in the same physical manner as received per OAR
prescriptions received electronically must be maintained electronically.
The Oregon Medical Board and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy recognize
that this is complex with many detailed requirements. We understand that all licensees and health
care systems are working to better understand these regulations. We encourage prescribers and pharmacists to
maintain open communication with one another and their patients to ensure the
best care possible. Please direct
questions to the software providers or review the information available on the
DEA website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ecomm/e_rx/index.html.