- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is legalizing electronic prescribing for all controlled substances.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1J2COnz ) new rules by the Vermont Board of Pharmacy will open the way for electronic prescribing of addictive painkillers such oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine.

Surescripts spokesman Gary Karr says the prescriptions could help curb opiate abuse because the forms are harder to alter than paper prescriptions and leave an electronic record trail. The company furnishes the network to transmit most of the electronic prescriptions to pharmacies.

Clinicians in Vermont previously could only write electronic prescriptions for drugs classified as having less potential for abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Administration prohibited the electronic prescriptions for highly-addictive drugs until 2010 out of concern for security breaches.

The changes take effect Sept. 15.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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