New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced mandatory electronic prescribing to take effect on March 27.
According to the governor’s office, all prescriptions written in the state of New York must now be transmitted electronically from the prescriber directly to the pharmacy.
“This reform will improve patient safety, reduce the number of fraudulent or stolen prescriptions, and help combat prescription drug abuse across New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “Addiction can affect anyone from any walk of life and this administration will continue to use every tool it can to combat this epidemic and provide help to those in need.”
On March 27, prescriptions will no longer be handwritten or called in to the pharmacy, except in limited situations such as disasters, power failures, etc.
Last year, Governor Cuomo signed one-year extension for prescribers to comply with the new requirement.