E-Prescribing Mandate in Effect Now for 4 Months. Are Pharmacies Still Denying Paper Prescriptions?

May 3, 2024

File a complaint with the IDFPR!

ISMS has heard from members that there is still confusion at pharmacies over the handling of paper prescriptions for controlled substances received by prescribers eligible to submit on paper.

To recap, as of Jan. 1, 2024, all healthcare professionals who write prescriptions for more than 150 controlled substance prescriptions (Schedules II, III, IV and V drugs) annually must now provide them electronicallyunless eligible for a hardship waiver and/or exemption. Paper prescriptions are also supposed to be accepted when electronic systems are down.

Within days of the new mandate taking effect on January 1, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued clarifications and guidance to all Illinois pharmacists advising them they must continue to accept paper prescriptions for controlled substances.

If you or your patients are still having trouble fulfilling a paper prescription, file a complaint with the IDFPR.

To learn more, access ISMS’ Issue Brief, Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) Implementation, and our FAQ.

ISMS is currently advocating in Springfield for the passage of House Bill 4874, which would ensure that pharmacists do not deny prescriptions for controlled substances solely because they are not prescribed electronically.

 Questions? Please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of State Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email.

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