Changes to Controlled Substance Rx’s in New York State

Changes to Controlled Substance Rx’s in New York State

In 2012, the NYS Legislature passed a bill to address prescription drug abuse, updating controlled substance schedules, enacting the I-STOP law that requires physicians to to consult a “real time” prescription monitoring registry online, effective August 27, 2013, before prescribing Schedule II, II, or IV controlled substances, and mandating electronic submission of prescriptions for all controlled substances by December 31, 2014.

Effective February 23, 2013, all forms of hydrocodone (i.e. Lortab, Vicodin, Vicoprofen) are considered Schedule II Controlled Substances in NYS, limiting their prescription to 30 days only, with no refills allowed, consistent with the requirements already in place for other Schedule II Controlled Substances, such as Duragesic patches and Nucynta, and other medications on the same Schedule II. These prescriptions are limited to a hand signed paper prescription only, with no electronic prescribing permitted for Controlled Substances in NYS at this time.

Effective February 23, 2013, both Ultram (Tramadol) and Ultracet are considered Schedule IV Controlled Substances in NYS, limiting their prescription to a hand signed paper prescription only, with no electronic prescribing permitted for Controlled Substances in NYS at this time, with a 30 day supply and up to five (5) refills permitted.

It is our policy, effective February 23, 2013, that this office will not under any circumstance refill prescriptions for ANY Controlled Substance without an office visit, regardless of circumstance, and prescriptions cannot be refilled after office hours or on weekends, or by mail.

For more information about the requirements of this legislation, please refer to:

http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/new-i-stop-law-help-state-fight-prescription-drug-abuse

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