Did you know that almost 70% of physicians today use e-prescriptions, compared to 10% of them in 2008? Are you using e-prescription software? The state Board of Pharmacy recently published a revised newsletter article on prescriber signature requirements for fax and electronically transmitted prescriptions.
For a non-controlled substance prescription, a prescriber may electronically transmit it to a pharmacy computer or fax machine. The prescriber's signature may be hand-signed, electronic/digital, or rubber-stamped.
A prescriber may use a fax machine, but not a computer or other electronic device, to transmit a prescription for a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance to a pharmacy fax machine. However, in order to pick up the medicine, the patient will have to present to the pharmacy the prescription on a tamper-resistant prescription form with hand-written signature of the prescriber.
A prescriber may electronically transmit a controlled substance prescription from a computer or other electronic device to a pharmacy's computer as long as the prescriber uses e-prescribing software that complies with DEA regulations and is accepted by the pharmacy.
Any individual who transmits, maintains, or receives any electronically transmitted prescription must ensure the security, integrity, authority, and confidentiality of the prescription. Pharmacies are obligated to authenticate the validity of any prescription. Additional information on prescriptions is available on two Compass articles, "Controlled Substances Prescribing and Dispensing" and "Medication Prescribing and Dispensing Q&A."