Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2016
Practitioners are mandated to electronically prescribe both controlled and non-controlled substances effective March 27, 2016. However, there are a number of exceptions in which a practitioner may issue an Official New York State prescription (ONYSRx) form, oral prescription or a fax of an ONYSRx.
Information regarding e-prescribing may be accessed at the following links:
- Practitioner Reporting Requirement – Use of an Electronic Prescribing Exception
- Electronic Prescribing Exceptions – Dispensing Clarification for Pharmacists - April 2016
- Letter from the NYS Commissioner of Health to practitioners and pharmacists regarding a blanket waiver for additional exceptional circumstances related to electronic prescribing – March 16, 2016 (PDF)
- Electronic Prescribing Waiver Information
- Electronic Prescribing is Now Available? (Poster) (PDF)
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- What is Electronic Prescribing? (Patient Brochure) (PDF, 381KB)
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- Letter to Practitioners Regarding Electronic Prescribing Mandate – November 2015 (PDF)
- FAQs (PDF) - Updated April 2016 - Updated FAQ Question #17, New FAQ's see Questions: 136-152 New Waiver FAQ's 133-135
- BNE Newsletter – Fall 2015 (PDF)
Opioid Treatment Guidelines and Other Information for Healthcare Professionals and Patients
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- CDC Checklist for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
For primary care providers treating adults (18+) with chronic pain ≥ 3 months, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care
- CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Factsheet
Determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain
- CDC Guideline for Non-opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain
Patients with pain should receive treatment that provides the greatest benefit. Opioids are not always the first-line therapy for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.
- CDC Publication for Assessing Benefits and Harms of Opioid Therapy
The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Painprovides up-to-date guidance on prescribing and weighing the risks and benefits of opioids.
- CDC Publication for Calculating Total Daily Dose of Opioids for Safer Dosage
Why is it important to calculate the total daily dosage of opioids? Patients prescribed higher opioid dosages are at higher risk of overdose death.
Information for Patients
- Opioid Basics
Information regarding prescription opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, overdose prevention and commonly used terms can be found at the following link.
- Safer, More Effective Pain Management
Living with chronic pain can be challenging. It is essential that you and your doctor discuss treatment options with all of the risks and benefits carefully considered. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and must be prescribed and used carefully.
Opioid Poisoning, Overdose and Prevention 2015 Report to the Governor and NYS Legislature
- Heroin Abuse
Find resources related to Governor's Cuomo's Task Force to Combat Heroin, including treatment availability, paying for treatment, how to initiate conversations about opioid and heroin abuse, recognizing warning signs and symptoms and key steps to prevention.