California ePrescribing

Type of ePrescribing Mandate Drugs that must be ePrescribed Effective date State Law Gleanings (*mandates with listed exceptions)​
Controlled substances covered by Medicare​
In effect - but enforced on 1/2/2022​
SUPPORT ACT of 2018 is a federal law which *mandates the electronic prescribing of all controlled substances ( EPCS ) drugs covered by Medicare directly or a Medicare Plan. It was effective January 1, 2021 but enforced on 1/1/2022.​
State & Federal
All drugs
by 1/1/2022
California AB 2789 added Section 688 to the CA Business Profession Code (BPC) which *mandates ePrescribing all drugs effective January 1, 2022. CA law specifies clearly that pharmacies must be capable of receiving transmissions from practitioners. In order to do this, CA pharmacies need to use systems which connect to the WENO Exchange and the Surescript's network as each have unique CA practitioners transmitting on their network. In addition, BPC DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129] ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. ) CHAPTER 1. General Provisions [500 - 865.2] ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. ) ARTICLE 10.5. Unprofessional Conduct [725 - 733] ( Article 10.5 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 348. ) BPC 738 says: A licentiate shall not obstruct a patient in obtaining a prescription drug that has been legally prescribed.