Many states now require electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) because it’s a commonsense way to prevent “doctor shopping” and curb opioid addiction and dependence.
Unlike handwritten prescriptions, electronic prescriptions are logged by a state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) – the electronic database of all the controlled substance prescriptions in a state. By establishing a PDMP and mandating EPCS, states are making it possible for prescribers and pharmacies to watch for and thwart prescription drug abuse.
ePrescribe helps your practice comply with your state’s mandate regarding EPCS and also gives you access to your state’s PDMP.
Take a look at the lists below to see where your state stands. The first list shows states that currently require electronic prescribing of controlled substances. The second shows states that will require it soon.