During the 2012 legislative session, New York’s ISTOP law was passed and signed by Governor Cuomo to prevent prescription drug abuse and the related problems and deaths that can result. One of the primary provisions of the new law (Part A) requires the State to create a new and enhanced prescription drug monitoring program (PMP) and requires all prescribers, with some limited exceptions, to consult the PMP prior to prescribing any controlled II, III or IV substances to check the patient’s medication history. This section of the law takes effect Aug. 27. In order to help our members prepare for the implementation of this law, below we have provided a summary of Part A which describes in detail the PMP requirements on prescribers, the list of exemptions from consulting the PMP and other pertinent information.
As the Academy discussed directly with the head of the State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) of the State Department of Health, Terry O’Leary, when he spoke at our recent Congress of Delegates meeting, it is critical for all prescribers who do not already have a health commerce system (HCS) account to sign up for one now since this is required to access the PMP that prescribers will be required to consult on and after Aug. 27. In addition, the ISTOP law allows prescribers to designate other staff who do not have to be licensed personnel to access the PMP and print out the patient’s history on their behalf. These individuals also must have HCS accounts and then be designated by prescribers as their designees. Attached, please find two fact sheets shared with the Academy by Mr. O’Leary in follow up to our recent meeting which provide step-by-step instructions on how prescribers and their unlicensed personnel can obtain HCS accounts. Again, we urge you to sign up now to ensure access to the PMP before the August 27th effective date.
If members encounter any difficulties signing up for HCS accounts or using the PMP, you can contact the BNE call center at 1-866-811-7957. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.
Raymond Ebarb, MD
Follow these links for fact sheets on setting up HCS accounts for licensed and unlicensed pro