Prescribing Laws Take Effect January 1, 2022

The Podiatric Medical Board of California is reminding prescribers of the upcoming e-prescribing requirements established by Assembly Bill (AB) 2789 (Wood, 2018).
Beginning January 1, 2022, most prescriptions issued by a licensed healthcare practitioner to a California pharmacy must be submitted electronically. This includes prescriptions issued by out-of-state healthcare practitioners to be filled in a California pharmacy.
Healthcare practitioners who fail to meet the requirements of AB 2789, may be subject to disciplinary action. The law provides certain exemptions, including if transmission of the prescription is temporarily unavailable because of technological or electrical failure; if the prescription is dispensed by a pharmacy located outside California; or if the prescription is issued to a patient who has a terminal illness pursuant to Section 11159.2 of the Health and Safety Code. The complete list of exemptions is included within Business and Professions Code section 688.
In addition to the electronic transmission requirements for all prescriptions, there are additional new requirements for controlled substance prescriptions. Under this law, a healthcare practitioner who does not issue a controlled substance prescription as an electronic data transmission prescription due to technological or electrical failure shall document the reason in the patient's medical record as soon as practicable, and within 72 hours of the end of the technological or electrical failure.
Although most prescriptions will be issued electronically, the Board recommends that all licensed prescribers have paper prescription forms available that meet the requirements of AB 149 should a technological or electrical failure prevent a prescription from being issued electronically. A list of the approved security prescription printers is available on the State Attorney General's website.

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Please note the Board is unable to recommend or suggest what products or services will comply with the law.

Prescribing Laws Take Effect January 1, 2022

Licensees of the Podiatric Medical Board of California with prescribing authority are subject to the e-prescribing requirements established by Assembly Bill (AB) 2789 (Wood, 2018). Beginning January 1, 2022, most prescriptions (including but not limited to prescriptions for controlled substances) issued by a licensed healthcare practitioner to a California pharmacy must be submitted electronically. For more information on this law and its requirements, please see the AB 2789 bulletin. Practitioners also can get answers to questions about complying with the law at Electronic Data Transmission Prescriptions (E-Prescriptions) – Frequently Asked Questions provided by the California State Board of Pharmacy.

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Starting January 1, 2021, new laws will impact licensees who prescribe and/or furnish controlled substances.

  1. Updated Prescription Pad Security Requirements - starting January 1, 2021, California state law requires 15 security elements, including a 12-character serial number and corresponding barcode, to appear on California Security Prescription Forms. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be produced by printers approved by the California Department of Justice's California Security Prescription Printers Program. For more information, please refer to the AB 149 Joint Statement.
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