DEA Interim Final Rule on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

On March 24, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the Interim Final Rule with Request for Comments on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances.

The Interim Final Rule outlines the procedures for health care providers to electronically prescribe controlled substances. The DEA has revised its regulations to provide practitioners with the option of writing prescriptions for controlled substances electronically and permit pharmacies to receive, dispense and archive these electronic prescriptions.

The Interim Final Rule will be officially published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 and will include a 60 day comment period.