DEA proposes rule to allow e-prescribing for narcotics


A proposed rule by the DEA allows e-prescribing of controlled substances as long as standards are met.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed a rule that will allow for controlled substances to be ordered electronically. Pharmacists have long pushed for this practice to be authorized, but DEA has held back because of concerns over drug diversion. The 62-page rule, published in the June 27 Federal Register, seeks comments by Sept. 25.

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