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PCMA: Safe and secure prescribing of controlled substances should be permitted

Market Watch, September 30, 2008
The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association and the American Hospital Association want the DEA relax a proposed rule that would allow tightly monitored use of computer technology to electronically transmit prescriptions for controlled substances. "While the proposed rule doesn't affect a physician's ability to prescribe everyday non-controlled prescription drugs, it would create unnecessary burdens and workflow issues for physicians and pharmacists regarding controlled substances," said PCMA President & CEO Mark Merritt in a statement.