Send Controlled Substance Prescriptions

This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to write controlled substance prescriptions in iPrescribe. This article assumes you have upgraded your account.

The process is the same as writing a normal prescription but with a few additional steps. Start on the iPrescribe app, sign in to your account, then follow the steps outlined below: 

Step 1: Tap the New Rx the (pencil) icon.


iPrescribe home screen (click to enlarge)

Step 2: Tap the patient you would like to write a controlled substance prescription for.

  • The app should automatically search for your patients and list them out on this screen.
  • If you have not already added a patient, visit the following article: Adding New Patients.


Patient list (click to enlarge)

Make sure Address Line 1 is filled out for this patient. You can access patient information from the patient profile screen. Visit the following article on how to get there: Patient Information.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap Change on your screen, next to Pharmacy


Patient profile screen (click to enlarge)

Step 4: You will be redirected to a screen that will show a list of existing pharmacies you have added for the patient.

  • Select the pharmacy you wish to send the prescription to (doing so will take you back to the patient summary page), or search for another pharmacy by tapping the Find another pharmacy button at the bottom of the screen.


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Step 5: Tap the Create New Rx button at the bottom of your screen.


Patient profile screen (click to enlarge)

Step 6: Follow the steps in chronological order, and refer to the screenshot below:

(A) Search for the drug name at the top of your screen.

(B) Select the drug you will like to prescribe to the patient.

(C) Select the dosage from the drop-down menu that appears after selecting the drug.


Searching for drug name (click to enlarge)

Step 7: If you don't have smart strings available for the drug you have selected, you will see a notification at the top on the next screen.


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  • If smart strings are available, tap the right arrow icon under SMART SIGS and skip to step 9. Otherwise, continue to step 8.


Rx Details screen (click to enlarge)

Step 8: Build your prescription details by tapping the appropriate information on the screen. Selecting any options will automatically bring you to the next screen.

  • Select an action.
  • Select the dose or click add a custom dose.
  • Select the form of the drug (ex. tablet, mg).
  • Select the route the drug should be consumed (ex. by mouth)
  • Select the frequency the drug should be consumed (ex. once a day, twice a day)
  • Select any other information you wish to provide to the patient when taking the drug (ex. as needed, as directed, between meals)

Step 9: Follow the steps in chronological order, and refer to the screenshot below:

(A) Select the duration (days) the medication should be taken (optional).

(B) Select the quantity.

  • You can change the unit of measurement by tapping the blue down arrow icon.


Rx Details screen (click to enlarge)

Step 10: Scroll down on your screen, then follow the steps in chronological order by referring to the screenshot:

(A) Select how many refills the patient will need. Then, select substitution permitted or dispense as written.

(B) You can edit or add additional comments under patient directions (optional).

(C) You can add additional comments to the pharmacist in the last field (optional).

(D) Tap Continue.


Rx Details screen (click to enlarge)

Step 11: You will be prompted with a disclaimer and must certify that you are the user logged in (the provider). Check the box and tap Continue.

Step 12: Review the prescription, then press Approve at the bottom of your screen (you may need to scroll down) and continue to step 13.

  • If this is your first time sending off a controlled substance, you will need to: (A) press the Sign and Send button instead. On the next screen, you will need to enter your Signature Password, then press Sign & Send.

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Rx Details screen (click to enlarge)

You will be redirected to a screen that shows your token information, the patient’s information, and the prescription.

Step 13: Enter your login password and your unique, 6 digit code from the token you selected. Once completed, tap Sign.

Step 14: You have written a controlled substance prescription.

  • This prescription will be viewable in the History section of iPrescribe's Homepage.
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