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YO R K C O M E D S O C . O R G

FEATURE:

Are You Ready for
Pennsylvania's New
E-Prescribing Law?
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.
The law requires DOH to adopt rules establishing a form
and specific information that must be included in a request for
an exemption. This information has not been released yet. Once

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DOH publishes its rules and the form, PAMED will update our
members.
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.
PAMED members with questions on Act 96 can contact
our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or
KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.


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