DEA rule enables physicians to electronically prescribe drugs

July 21, 2008

Rule also incorporates security controls for physicians and pharmacists.

A proposed rule released in June from the Drug Enforcement Administration will enable physicians to prescribe controlled medications electronically. The rule also features security controls for physicians and pharmacists, which increase possible liabilities.

Physicians will be required, according to the rule, to register in person with law enforcement agencies and allow for routine audits by third-parties of prescription records.The weekly mandate would require pharmacists to prove that physicians prescribing the drugs are licensed and in good standing. It would be the responsibility of pharmacists to maintain an electronic record of prescriptions and inform DEA of any security breach within 24 hours.

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