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DEA to allow e-prescribing of controlled substances

On March 24, 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its interim final rule allowing electronic prescriptions of controlled substances.  According to the DEA, e-prescribing of controlled substances will help reduce paperwork, prescription fraud and errors.  Patients are also quite likely to be pleased by this more convenient and accurate way of filling their prescriptions.

According to Healthcare IT News, "ONC, CMS, AHRQ and other HHS staff have worked closely with the [DEA] to develop the policies in the Interim Final Rule."

The Interim Final Rule is classified as a "major rule" and is therefore subject to Congressional review.  The Rule will be published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2010, but you can preview the unofficial version here.

You can also download the unofficial version of the Rule by clicking here.

"E-Rx of controlled substances Interim Final Rule available," Healthcare IT News (March 25, 2010).



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