Actually, I was just speaking about this yesterday. We're experiencing the same issue. I suggested that E Prescribing nsaids (i.e.ibuprofen 500) or antibiodics could be a solution. Obviously, it would have to be medically necessary. I've done some research and there does seem to be a possibilty to E Prescribe narcotics but it appears you have to jump through some hoops first...
Q.* When can a practitioner start issuing electronic prescriptions for controlled substances?
A.* A practitioner will be able to issue electronic controlled substance prescriptions only when the electronic prescription or electronic health record (EHR) application the practitioner is using complies with the requirements in the interim final rule.*
Q. How will a practitioner be able to determine that an application complies with DEA’s rule?
A.* The application provider must either hire a qualified third party to audit the application or have the application reviewed and certified by an approved certification body.* The auditor or certification body will issue a report that states whether the application complies with DEA’s requirements and whether there are any limitations on its use for controlled substance prescriptions.* (A limited set of prescriptions require information that may need revision of the basic prescription standard before they can be reliably accommodated, such as hospital prescriptions issued to staff members with an identifying suffix.)* The application provider must provide a copy of the report to practitioners who use or are considering use of the electronic prescription application to allow them to determine whether the application is compliant with DEA’s requirements.
I would love to hear some more thoughts on this...
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