EPCS: Getting EPCS & PDMP ready

This article advises what is needed to set up Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) and PDMP for controlled prescribing. 


The current COVID-19 crisis has dramatically increased remote patient visits conducted via teleconferencing or phone calls. Since you can no longer (physically) hand paper scripts to patients, providers need EPCS (Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances) to prescribe controlled substances.

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Providers in states without active mandates need EPCS to continue prescribing.

Mandates Driving EPCS and PDMP Utilization

There are currently 45 states with mandates in place, and 49 states—and the District of Columbia—have active PDMP databases that collect and report prescribing and dispensing data to authorized users.

Additionally, EPCS is strongly encouraged in all 50 states. Many states require prescribers to register with them to access PDMP data and perform mandatory queries. Check if your state has an EPCS and PDMP mandate in effect.

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