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Electronic Prescribing Controlled Substances

Concerning a requirement that certain practitioners prescribe controlled substances electronically.
2018 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill requires podiatrists, physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and optometrists, starting July 1, 2021, and dentists and practitioners serving rural communities or in a solo practice, starting July 1, 2022, to prescribe schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances only via a prescription that is electronically transmitted to a pharmacy unless a specified exception applies. Prescribers are required to indicate on license renewal questionnaires whether they have complied with the electronic prescribing requirement. Pharmacists need not verify the applicability of an exception to electronic prescribing when they receive an order for a controlled substance in writing, orally, or via facsimile transmission and may fill the order if otherwise valid under the law.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. D. Esgar
Sen. D. Moreno, Sen. K. Priola


Rep. J. Buckner, Rep. J. Ginal, Rep. C. Kennedy, Rep. D. Roberts


Rep. F. Winter

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details