Electronic Prescription Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for an electronic prescription to be valid?
In addition to the elements required on all prescriptions, electronically generated prescriptions must also have:
- A DEA number of the prescribing practitioner if the prescription is for a controlled substance;
- The telephone number of the practitioner;
- The time and date of the transmission; and
- The name of the pharmacy to which the prescription is sent.
Can a pharmacist partially fill a prescription for a CII prescription?
A pharmacist may partially fill a CII prescription if either:
- The pharmacist is unable to supply the full quantity called for on a written or emergency oral prescription, in which case the pharmacist must:
- (1) Note the quantity supplied on the face of the original prescription, and
- (2) Fill the remaining quantity within 72 hours after the first partial filling; OR
- The patient is in a long-term care facility or has been diagnosed as being terminally ill.
Does an electronically generated prescription that has been printed on paper need to contain a handwritten signature by the practitioner?
Usually. If a prescription is generated by an electronic prescription program and the prescription is printed on paper, it must contain a handwritten signature of the practitioner. The only exception to the rule is if the prescription is printed on security paper and contains a unique identifying mark such as a unique identification number or facsimile of the practitioner’s signature.
Can an electronic prescription indicate that it was issued by a person who does not have prescribing privileges?
No. The electronic prescription laws did not change the basic requirement that all prescriptions must be issued by a practitioner with prescribing privileges. Prescriptions that do not contain an indication that the practitioner himself or herself issued the prescription cannot be filled.