EPCS Permitted in Texas

Texas law now permits physicians to electronically prescribe controlled substances. If you regularly write prescriptions for controlled substances, you may find value in upgrading your technology to comply with the federal and state regulations

Electronic prescription of controlled substances (EPCS) is a more secure form of prescription delivery and can help reduce controlled substance abuse caused by stolen prescription forms. EPCS differs from regular e-prescribing in that a physician must undergo an authentication process before using the technology and when ordering each EPCS. Authentication involves the physician providing a PIN number, an iris scan or thumb print, or using a device or card. Physicians can delegate EPCS or EPCS renewals to other clinical staff for order entry, but physicians must enter the order themselves. For more about EPCS, read "A Necessary Pain" in the July 2014 issue of Texas Medicine.  

More than 80 percent of pharmacies in Texas are now enabled to accept EPCS, but to reduce rejections, physicians should notify pharmacies in their area when they begin using EPCS. Physicians interested in learning more may contact TMA's Health Information Technology Department by calling (800) 880-5720 or by email.

Action, Jan. 5, 2016

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April 15, 2016

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