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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.
Note: Not all prescribers or pharmacies have approved systems. Prescribers and pharmacies should understand the capabilities and limitations of their current software.
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.
1. The federal Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances rules have been effective since June 1, 2010.
2. 21 CFR 1311, Subpart C; available at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/cfr/1311/subpart_c100.htm.
3. For a list of DEA-approved certifying organizations, see www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ecomm/e_rx/thirdparty.htm.
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