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March 20, 2017

Reminder: Renew Annual Electronic Prescribing Exemption 


Prescribers who issue 25 or fewer prescriptions in a twelve-month period can be exempted from the electronic prescribing requirement. The exemption applies both to prescriptions for narcotic and non-narcotic drugs and must be renewed annually.


To qualify for this exemption, either submit a certification online through the Electronic Prescribing Waiver (EPW) application on the NYS Health Commerce System; or submit Certification form DOH-5221 to the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.


The exemption law for prescribers who issue 25 or fewer prescriptions in a twelve-month period went into effect on June 1, 2016. It ends on June 1, 2020. It requires filing a certification with the NYSDOH each year for a maximum of three years. Certifications submitted after July 1, 2016, cannot be backdated.


The process for obtaining an exemption for electronic prescribing is explained in the Department of Health’s “Frequently Asked Questions for Electronic Prescribing (FAQs)”. Instructions are included on pp.61-62 of the FAQs available on the NYSDOH website:

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