What is EPCS?
Fight substance abuse with Electronic Prescribing
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EPCS helps to saves lives
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that opioid-related deaths fell by 4% from 2017 to 2018. While that’s good news, more than 67,000 lost their lives to opioid overdoses in 2018, the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. And 70% of those deaths were due to prescription or illicit opioids.* One of the most effective ways to combat opioid abuse is Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). Eliminating paper prescriptions helps reduce prescription fraud, forgery, and “doctor shopping” for controlled substances. Also, electronic prescriptions are more easily tracked and monitored by physicians.
Approximately half of U.S. states have implemented laws requiring EPCS or have laws taking effect in the next several years. In addition, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 requires e-prescribing for controlled substances for Medicare patients. This legislation is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021. Learn more from the ultimate guide to EPCS mandates.
Which states require EPCS?
What is a PDMP?
Nearly all states have an electronic database known as a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP or PMP). A PDMP tracks prescribed controlled substances. Their purpose is to reduce the misuse of controlled substances.
Many states require practitioners to check their state’s PDMP when prescribing controlled substances. See if this is required in your state and how our eRx connects you directly to your state’s PDMP.
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