Monday, September 29, 2008

PCMA Opposed to Proposed DEA E-Prescribing Rule

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) released its comments opposing a proposed rule on e-prescribing from the DEA, published on June 28, 2008.

The proposed rule would authorize prescribers to electronically submit prescriptions for controlled substances directly to pharmacies. The DEA believes that e-prescribing will reduce prescription fraud and errors due to illegible handwriting.

PCMA opposes the rule, citing four concerns:
  • E-prescribing standards will prevent pharmacies from being able to substitute generic drugs
  • Real-time DEA registration verification of prescribers is not possible because the DEA database is only updated weekly, not in real-time
  • Prescribers should be allowed to verify their identity and license in-person at a DEA registered facility where they hold privileges, a state or professional license board, or with state or local law enforcement
  • If the e-prescribing system remains idle for 2 minutes, prescribers must re-authenticate their request, which would create a work burden

The proposed rule can be found here:

PCMA's Comments can be found here:

Source: Business Wire 2008

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