HHS, DEA still at odds over e-prescribing

August 21, 2006

The Department of Health & Human Services approved foundation standards for electronic prescribing in January and is pushing hard for widespread adoption of e-prescribing. But across the Potomac River from HHS' downtown Washington headquarters, the Drug Enforcement Administration has serious fears about controlled substances being e-prescribed. It has indicated, for example, that further security measures may need to be in place before controlled-substance e-prescribing is allowed to go forward.