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Under the NY law, which is effective August 27, 2013, every practitioner whose license permits the prescribing of Schedule II, III, or IV drugs must
consult the Registry prior
to prescribing or dispensing for purposes of reviewing a patient’s controlled substance history and make an appropriate notation in the patient’s medical record. Pharmacists before filling any prescription after August 27, 2013 must check the online prescription database as well. By March 27, 2014, all prescriptions must be transmitted electronically and the pharmacies cannot accept or fill any prescription they do not receive electronically.
There have been no exceptions put into the law other than for doctors who are actually administering the narcotics in their office. Thus, all pharmacies, including small mom and pop pharmacies and hospital pharmacies who fill outside prescriptions must check the system for the doctor's reporting and verification.
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