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Aug 13 2012   9:06PM GMT

Physicians to begin prescribing controlled substances

Posted by: RedaChouffani

Two years after the DEA released ruling on electronic prescribing of controlled substances, physicians are still very eager to actively eliminate the current prescription pads that have been in use.  For some who have adopted Electronic Medical Records, having two separate workflows for handling prescriptions was usually was not clearly the preferred method.

The DEA has set forth requirements to get certify software vendors through the EPCS certification.  Similar to using some certification bodies approved by the ONC for EHR certification, the EPCS has been established to ensure that both software vendors with their products are certified to ensure compliance with the rules.  There are currently found certifying bodies approved by the DEA:

· Drummond Group Inc.

· InfoGard Laboratories, Inc.

· iBeta LLC


Thus far there have been only five organizations that have been successfully certified and are allowed in some states to electronically transmit controlled substances:

  • DrFirst
  • GE Healthcare
  • NewCrop
  • NextGen
  • RxNT

With software packages such as NextGen and GE and their large physician’s base using their products, this may help increase the adoption rate of electronically transmitting controlled substance.  While standard drugs have been simple to e prescribe, prescribing controlled substances would require additional authentication models.

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