New Prescription Drug Reforms in NY Are Working

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/03 2014 05:24PM

Updated 02/03 2014 06:17PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new prescription drug reform law called I-STOP is working in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the number of health care professionals tracking prescriptions is up.

Since August, more than  7 million individual checks were done on almost 3 million different patients. 66,000 practitioners used the system.

That's a big jump from before. Previously only about 5,000 health care professionals used the monitoring program. They checked fewer than 500,000  patients in about a 3.5 year span.

Here are some key changes under the new law:
  • Requires improving education and awareness of prescribers.
  • Creates a safe disposal program regarding prescription drugs.
  • Permits electronic prescribing of controlled substances. This will become mandatory in March 2015.
  • Expand the use of PMP Registry which helps limit doctor shopping.
  • Makes it harder and more restrictive to get hydrocodone regardless of formulation.

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