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SB19-079 Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

On April 8, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB19-079 Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances. This law requires that all podiatrists, dentists, physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and optometrists that prescribe a schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance do so electronically, with certain exceptions. The law does not require pharmacists to verify the applicability of an exception to electronic prescribing and pharmacists may dispense the controlled substance pursuant to an order that is written, oral, or facsimile-transmitted that is valid and consistent with current law. For most prescribers, the requirement begins July 1, 2021. For dentists and prescribers who work in a solo practice, or in a rural area, the requirement begins July 1, 2023.