Prescribing / E-Prescribing


Register and Order Official Prescriptions Free of Charge : Public Health Law requires that all prescriptions written in New York State be issued on an official New York State prescription form.

2010 Rx Writing Reference for NYS Prescribers

Guide to Writing Safe and Complete Prescriptions: Download pocket card guide that includes examples of commonly prescribed drugs and devices.

In the news

E-Prescribe: The reporting deadline is quickly approaching. If you are an eligible professionals or an eRx Group Practice Reporting Option participant, you must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013 or you will experience a payment adjustment in 2014 for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule (PFS.) More

Implementating I-STOP
The I-STOP bill requires the creation of a “real time” prescription tracking system to provide enhanced information to prescribers and pharmacists concerning prescriptions obtained by patients for controlled substances. To access the database, all physicians will need a Health Commerce Account. Read a summary of the bill. Apply for a Health Commerce System (HCS) account. Download application instructions.

Effective February 23, 2013, all forms of hydrocodone will be considered Schedule II Controlled Substances in NYS,and Tramadol will be added to Schedule IV list of controlled substance. A list of frequently asked questions is available on the NYS Department of Health website.

There are exemptions to the legislation.

Medicare 2013 eRx Payment Hardship Exemption Requests: Beginning November 1, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will re-open the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page to allow individual eligible professionals to request a significant hardship exemption for the 2013 eRx payment adjustment. Request should be submitted via the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page on or between Nov. 1, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013.

Prescribing Data: The American Medical Association created the Physician Data Restriction Program (PDRP) to offer physicians the option to restrict their prescribing data from pharmaceutical sales representatives. The program is free and open to all physicians, regardless of AMA membership.

The FDA is aware that there was a record number of drug shortages in 2010 and the increase in the number of shortages has continued into 2011. This has prompted the agency to ask health care professionals to report such shortages. Physicians also can help by alerting the FDA when information on the agency's drug shortages Web page does not agree with what they are experiencing in their practices. Information on drug product shortages and management can also be found on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website

Resources to help physicians ensure patients are taking medication properly: Nearly three out of every four Americans admit they do not take prescribed medication as directed.  Physicians now have various resources at their fingertips that can help them improve medication adherence. These resources are part of Script Your Future, a campaign of the National Consumers League and AMA, which offers journal articles, medication lists, fact sheets and guides that physicians can share with patients.
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