Last Updated: Jul 2, 2019
A new Pennsylvania law on electronic prescribing of controlled substances is set to take effect on Oct. 24, 2019.
The e-prescribing law – Act 96 of 2018 – mandates that all Schedule II through V controlled substances, except when dispensed or administered directly to a patient by a practitioner or authorized agent, other than a pharmacist, to an ultimate user, shall be prescribed electronically. This law replaces the traditional method of prescribing controlled substances to a patient, i.e. paper prescription pads.
Hardship Exemptions Under Act 96
Any practitioner, pharmacy, or health care facility that does not meet one of the exceptions in Act 96 but is unable to timely comply with the electronic prescribing requirements may petition the Department of Health (DOH) for an exemption from the requirements based upon economic hardship, technical limitations, or exceptional circumstances.
DOH has published an online hardship exemption form that practices and health care facilities can use to apply for an exemption. View Hardship Exemption Form
Individuals without internet access, or who are otherwise unable to access the posted temporary exemption form, can request a hard copy form. To request a hard copy form, contact DOH at 844-377-7367 or email@example.com.
It is recommended that practitioners begin preparing for this e-prescribing requirement now. Practitioners who may be seeking a hardship exemption are encouraged to continue to plan for the e-prescribing requirement, as that requirement must be implemented unless an exception applies, or DOH grants a hardship exemption.
Get Answers to FAQs on the E-Prescribing Law
In this Quick Consult fact sheet, PAMED answers physicians’ frequently asked questions about the law. It includes details such as exceptions under the law and the penalties for violating the requirements.
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PAMED members with questions on Act 96 can contact our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.