Pharmacists in the state of Oregon are lobbying state lawmakers to allow e-prescribing of schedule II drugs.
Until now, Oregon has been “behind the curve” when it comes to the electronic prescribing of various controlled substances.
But with common physical injuries resulting in a need for such common drugs as Oxycontin and Adderall, it no longer seems purposeful to require a time-consuming and inefficient mandatory paper prescription for these and other drugs.
Meanwhile, most other drugs prescribed in the state can be sent electronically from a health-care practitioner to a pharmacy. This decreases the chances of having handwritten dosages and strengths misread, reduces the paperwork burden for providers and pharmacies, reduces the number of forged prescriptions, and allows all prescriptions to be included in a patient’s electronic medical record.
The Statesman Journal reports that the legislature can fix these issues next session by ending the ban against e-prescribing of controlled substances.
Gary A. Schnabel, executive director of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, says that this reversal of policy would bring Oregon in step with federal regulation.
More than 30 states presently allow e-prescriptions of the Schedule II class of drugs.