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Kemp Hannon
NY lawmakers back one-year delay in required switch to electronic drug prescriptions

New York legislators want to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions, saying many still lack the required federal approval to do that for painkillers and other addictive drugs on the government list of controlled substances. The bill passed the state Senate and the Assembly Health Committee this week. Assemblyman John McDonald, the bill's sponsor and a practicing pharmacist, said Wednesday he expects the full Assembly to pass it in two weeks. The electronic prescriptions — connected to a central database that doctors and pharmacists can check — are intended to prevent prescription fraud and doctor shopping for addictive...