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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Prescription Changes Beginning Tomorrow - 12/29/17

Beginning tomorrow, December 29, 2017, phase 2 of prescribing opioids for acute pain takes effect.


ICD-10 Required on Opioid Analgesic Prescriptions 

Prescribers are required to indicate the first four alphanumeric characters of the ICD-10-CM medical diagnosis code (ex. M16.5) on all opioid prescriptions. If your EHR system cannot generate the ICD-10 code automatically, you can simply add the ICD-10 numbers into the comment section on the prescription or write it in manually. 


Days’ Supply Required for Controlled Substance and Gabapentin Prescriptions

Changes in Pharmacy Board Rule 4729-5-30, OAC, require prescribers to include the days’ supply (i.e. minimum number of days) that the prescription for a controlled substance or gabapentin should last the patient. 


Written, Faxed and Electronic Prescriptions

The Pharmacy Board rule also makes changes to the requirements for written, faxed and electronic prescriptions. Except in limited circumstances, prescribers can no longer transmit prescriptions using a transmission system that converts the prescription into a computer-generated fax or scanned image.

For more information on the exceptions, visit:


See our Prescriber Resources page for a complete reference guide, prescription requirements, video, FAQs and more.


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