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Cuomo Approves Delay In Electronic Prescriptions

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions.

Lawmakers who backed the measure say many physicians still lack the required federal approval for their computer systems to do that for painkillers and other addictive drugs on the government list of controlled substances.

The electronic prescriptions — connected to a central database that doctors and pharmacists can check — are intended to prevent prescription fraud, doctor shopping for addictive painkillers and illicit resales.

Many prescriptions in New York are now electronic, though some doctors are still writing them on paper.

The new measure pushes back the date requiring electronic prescriptions to March 27, 2016 — three years after the state regulations were issued.