Starting Easter Sunday, March 27, electronic prescribing for both controlled and non-controlled substances will be required in New York, making it the first state to require all prescriptions be created electronically. Physicians who fail to comply with the mandate face fines and imprisonment.

While Minnesota already has laws on the books mandating e-prescribing, the Empire State is the first to threaten financial penalties and jail time for those found in violation. Not surprisingly, the healthcare industry and state legislatures around the country are watching to see how this experiment in enforcement turns out.

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