E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances as of January 1, 2020

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One of the provisions of North Carolina’s 2017 Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act mandates the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) by January 2020. Virginia has also passed a similar EPCS law that goes into effect in July 2020. If you are a patient or the parent or guardian of a patient who receives controlled substances for ADHD, ADD, pain, etc… please consider:

Changes to consider:

  • We will no longer be able to provide written, paper prescriptions for these items. All prescriptions will be submitted electronically to your pharmacy of choice,
  • You will need to identify a pharmacy you’d like to use before your visit. Please consider where you’d like the prescription to go before your visit, so we can complete your prescription while you’re here.


  • You will no longer have to handle paper prescriptions for your child’s medications,
  • You will no longer need to make a special trip to pick up a refill. You will be able to call your pharmacy and we will be able to send them the prescription electronically,
  • The pharmacy will have received your prescription, and most likely filled it, before you arrive to pick up your medications.

Please note that, along with these changes, you will be required to attend follow up visits on a routine basis to confirm how the medications are working. Federal law requires that these medications be monitored carefully by your physician.  If you do not follow your physician’s requirements for follow up visit, then we will be unable to refill the prescription. The best course of action is to make sure you make the recommended appointment on time, so you won’t have to rush and try to see the doctor before your child’s medication runs out.

Overall, this should be a positive change, but please keep these new controlled substance prescription requirements in mind as we move into the New Year. After January 1, 2020, they will be the law.