Albany Seeks Delay In E-Prescription Requirement

ALBANY (AP) -

New York legislators want to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions, saying many still lack federal approval to do that for painkillers and other drugs on the list of controlled substances.

The bill passed the state Senate and the Assembly Health Committee this week. Assemblyman John McDonald, the bill’s sponsor and a practicing pharmacist, said Wednesday he expects the full Assembly to pass it in two weeks.

The electronic prescriptions — connected to a central database that doctors and pharmacists can check — are intended to prevent prescription fraud and doctor shopping for addictive painkillers and illicit resales.