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First to Market Nationwide Launch of E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances with EPCS Gold™ 2.0 by DrFirst, Inc.

ROCKVILLE, Md. July 27, 2011 Electronic Prescribing ( )

Berkshire County, MA

Prescribers enrolling for EPCS Gold™ will be able to send controlled substance prescriptions electronically after a simple credentialing and identity-proofing process with DrFirst.  After providers are certified, they can begin e-prescribing Schedule II-V drugs based on their individual state laws and the ability of the receiving pharmacy to meet the DEA’s requirements to process these prescriptions.  To avoid any confusion and eliminate guesswork by providers, EPCS Gold™ automatically detects which substances can be sent electronically.

e-prescribing G. Cameron Deemer

Electronic Medical Records

DrFirst will be offering the first 500 qualified providers free registration (i.e., identity proofing, token distribution, logical access control) and a one-year subscription to EPCS Gold™ 2.0 service in celebration of this historic milestone in medical history.

What Are Controlled Substances?

Controlled substances are drugs or other substances that are regulated under federal law depending on medical use, potential for abuse, and addictiveness.

  • Schedule I: High abuse potential, no medical use, considered unsafe
  • Schedule II: High abuse potential, approved for medical use, has severe dependence risk
  • Schedule III: Lower abuse potential, approved for medical use, has moderate or low dependence risk
  • Schedule IV: Relatively low potential, approved for medical use, limited dependence risk
  • Schedule V: Drugs that are cough medicines with codeine

The five "schedules" of drugs are not the same as the five "classes" of drugs, which organizes drugs according to their main properties. The five classes of controlled substance drugs are narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids.

For further information about EPCS Gold™ 2.0, contact DrFirst at (866) 263-6511.

About DrFirst

Irene Froehlich

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SOURCE DrFirst, Inc.

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