EPCS was introduced in 2010 by the DEA, which stipulated that clinicians could submit prescriptions for controlled substances electronically. He also said pharmacies could dispense these e-prescriptions. The use of EPCS from a clinician`s and pharmacy`s perspective is voluntary, and each party can choose whether or not to use the system (however, some states such as New York make the use of e-prescribing mandatory with some exceptions). Practitioners can still write and sign prescriptions for Schedule II-V drugs if they wish; Verbal orders are only permitted for Schedule III-V drugs. The introduction of e-prescribing has significantly reduced the number of medication errors from a prescribing point of view (readability, dosage, frequency, etc.).   Controlled substances listed in Annex II § 1306.11 – Mandatory prescription. § 1306.12 – Renewal of prescriptions; Issuance of several recipes. § 1306.13 – Partial enforcement of orders. § 1306.14 – Substance Labelling and Prescribing. § 1306.15 – Communication of prescription information between retail pharmacies and central filling pharmacies for prescriptions for List II controlled substances. Notwithstanding subsection (1) or (2), the Attorney General may, in any circumstances where, on or after the day before July 22, 2016, an order for a Schedule II controlled substance may lawfully be partially enforced, cause the order to be partially enforced. Except in the case of direct supply by a practitioner other than a pharmacist to an ultimate consumer, no designated substance listed in Schedule III or IV that is a prescription drug within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [21 U.S.C.
301 et seq.] acts without a written or oral prescription under section 503(b) of that Act [21 U.S.C. 353(b)]. Such prescriptions may not be completed or renewed more than six months after their date or more than five times after the date of the prescription, unless they are renewed by the physician. Partial filling of a prescription for a Schedule II drug is permitted only if the pharmacist cannot provide the patient with the full prescribed amount. The pharmacist must indicate on the written prescription or electronic record how many tablets or capsules have been dispensed. Under the Narcotic Control Act, the partial dispensing of Schedule II drugs must occur within 72 hours of the initial allocation, after which the prescription for the remaining undispensed quantity is no longer valid. If this task cannot be accomplished, the pharmacist must contact the physician to obtain a new prescription.  Partial dispensing of Schedule III-V medicinal products may be carried out within six months of the initial prescription.
 The written prescription must include the first and last name of the patient to whom the drug is prescribed. The patient`s address is indicated on the written prescription either by the prescribing physician or his representative, or by the person dispensing the prescription. If the prescribing physician offers expedited partner treatment in accordance with § 54.1-3303 and the name and address of the contact patient is not available, the words “Partner Accelerated Therapy” or “EPT” will be written on the written prescription instead of the name and address of the contact patient. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the donor may record the patient`s address in an electronic prescription book for that patient instead of recording it on the prescription. All written prescriptions must be dated on the day they are issued and signed by the prescribing physician. The prescription may be issued by a mandatary for the signature of the prescribing physician. General Information § 1306.01 – Scope of Part 1306. § 1306.02 – Definitions. § 1306.03 – Persons entitled to an order. § 1306.04 – Purpose of the prescription. § 1306.05 – Mode of issuance of orders.
§ 1306.06 – Prescribers. § 1306.07 – Administration or delivery of narcotics.