Ohio is involved with a national initiative to encourage the e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). To date, most providers have written paper prescriptions for controlled substances. Many electronic health record (EHR) vendors and many prescribers were not ready to meet the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requirements for use of the EHR to send controlled substance prescriptions. However, over the past 2 years, more vendors have undergone the certification required for their systems to be able to send controlled substances prescriptions electronically. Now, 78% of Ohio pharmacies are certified to receive controlled substances e-prescriptions and many physician/prescriber EHR systems are certified to send.
If you are interested in pursuing EPCS, please contact your EHR vendor to find out if the vendor is certified to send the prescriptions. You may also check the vendor’s status on (which monitors all electronic prescriptions nationally).
If your vendor is certified to send the prescriptions (i.e., has two factor authentication built in to the EHR), watch for more information in the next month on how to become credentialed to send controlled substances e-prescriptions in Ohio. More information will be provided from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the State of Ohio Medical Board, the State of Ohio Board of Nursing, and Surescripts about how to legally transmit these prescriptions under the DEA regulations.