DrFirst has been at the forefront of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) since it sent the nation’s first electronic prescription of a controlled substance. With EPCS legalized nationally, a majority of states have since mandated the use of EPCS for all controlled substances.
In addition, to handle the opioid epidemic, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are operated and mandated at the state level to ensure prescribers have the information they need to identify patients who are addicted, or at risk of becoming addicted, to these dangerous drugs.
DrFirst™ offers two e-prescribing products that streamline workflow, inform medication reconciliation, and support medication adherence: the web-based Rcopia® software and the mobile app, iPrescribe®.
Federal EPCS Requirement
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the mandate deadline to January 1, 2023, for the SUPPORT Act which requires all controlled substance prescriptions under Medicare’s Part D drug plan to be transmitted electronically.
Additionally, the new compliance date for electronic prescriptions in Long Term Care facilities is January 1, 2025.
State EPCS Requirements
Our interactive map is a useful tool for learning the EPCS and PDMP information in your state. Click on a state below for more information.