College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick

Some physicians have begun using various methods of electronically facilitated prescribing to communicate prescriptions to pharmacies.  Currently, the technology employed does not constitute true “e-prescribing”—it simply populates the prescription with the physicians’ choices and transmits it to the pharmacies’ fax machines.  Physicians are reminded that, like all prescriptions, such prescriptions must be individually signed, whether electronically or otherwise.  For this reason, pharmacists may still contact physicians to require verification of a signature or other aspects of the prescription.  Physicians are expected to be available and co-operate fully with this process.  Physicians should also note that this initiative remains a work in process.   The New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society is developing regulations and guidelines for pharmacists to further expedite and enhance the value of electronic prescribing for all concerned.