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New York's tough paperless prescription law takes effect

The law aims to fight painkiller abuse by making forgery more difficult, in addition to reducing errors.bernie_moto/iStock

The law aims to fight painkiller abuse by making forgery more difficult, in addition to reducing errors.

New York is putting an end to most paper prescriptions for medicine as the nation’s toughest electronic-prescribing law takes effect.

As of Sunday, doctors, dentists and other health care professionals must electronically send prescriptions directly to pharmacies, instead of giving paper scripts to patients. There are exceptions for emergencies and unusual circumstances, and thousands of prescribers have gotten extensions.

The law aims to fight painkiller abuse by thwarting prescription-slip forgery, while reducing errors by eliminating sometimes hard-to-read handwriting.

What’s known as “e-prescribing” has grown nationwide in recent years. Many patients, doctors and pharmacists find it time-saving and helpful.

But some New York medical leaders have expressed qualms about requiring e-prescribing in almost all situations and about the law’s penalties. They include the possibility of fines, license loss or even jail.

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Health – NY Daily News

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