Heeding warnings from healthcare providers, pharmacists and patient advocates, both houses of the New York State legislature have passed bills delaying the onset of mandated e-prescribing for one year.

The new legislation, if signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would delay for one year, to Mar. 27, 2016, the I-STOP (Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing) legislation of 2012, passed by the legislature to help combat the rising rates of prescription drug abuse in New York. The law requires that all New York state providers electronically prescribe both legend and controlled drug prescriptions.

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