A new law, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Law (§3343-a of the NYS Public Health Law) enacted one year ago, will go into effect on August 27, 2013, requiring practitioners who prescribe controlled substances to consult New York State’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) registry prior to prescribing Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances. The new law is intended to reduce “doctor-shopping” and over prescribing of controlled drugs and curb abuses and diversions of controlled substances which have led to increased addiction, violence, adverse drug events and deaths, and placed a heavy toll on the health care system.
Compliance with the I-STOP law is MANDATORY and failure to abide by the new requirements could constitute professional misconduct and have adverse implications for a practitioner’s license. If a practitioner cannot access the PMP as of August 27, 2013 because he/she failed to sign up for it, he/she will not be able to validly and legally prescribe a controlled substance to his/her patients.
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