E-Prescribing UPDATE: Licensure Boards Provide Guidelines, Compliance Information and Waiver or Extension Options


EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020, ALL PRESCRIPTIONS FOR SCHEDULE II, III, IV and V MEDICATIONS ISSUED IN OKLAHOMA (with certain exceptions) MUST BE FILLED ELECTRONICALLY.

Signed into law in 2018, HB2931 requires all physicians with prescriptive authority (other than veterinarians) to send all Schedule II-V prescriptions electronically. Physicians who meet certain criteria may apply for WAIVER or EXTENSION available from the Oklahoma Medical Licensure Board and the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners for physicians who meet certain criteria. The Electronic Prescription Waiver or Extension Request Form can be found HERE. All questions regarding a request for a waiver or extension should be directed to your respective Licensure Board: Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (405.962.1400); Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners (405.528.8625).

To see the Oklahoma State Medical Licensure Board Newsletter story about this new requirement, click here.

E-PRESCRIBING SOFTWARE

The Oklahoma State Medical Association recognizes that each practice’s software needs are unique. Though we have not endorsed a particular software program or website, below are a couple of online review resources to help you find the e-prescribing software that best fits your requirements.

Software Advice
https://www.softwareadvice.com/medical/e-prescribing-comparison/
Offers an advanced search tool that filters software options by specialty, practice size and pricing. In addition, the site features in-depth user reviews and screen shots of software dashboards.

Capterra
https://www.capterra.com/eprescribing-software/
Offers a search tool that filters software options by features and pricing. In addition, the site features in-depth user reviews.

PRESCRIPTION PADS

In the instance of temporary technical or electrical failure, or if a waiver/extension has been approved by their Licensure Board, physicians may use a state-approved prescription pad to prescribe Schedule II-V substances. These pads will be shipped to you by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) in late November or early December. Each physician who has a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number with OBNDD will receive one (1) pad that includes 100 prescription sheets. 

The pads will be sent to the physician’s OBNDD registered address, which may or may not be the same as their address with their licensure board. Additional pads, as needed, will be able to be requested through the OBNDD website (turn-around time is expected to be approximately 8 days…weather permitting).