September 19, 2019
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances

Applicable to: Mercy Care Complete Care, Mercy Care RBHA, Mercy Care Long Term Care and Division of Developmental Disabilities 
Based on a recent notification received from the AHCCCS Pharmacy Department, Mercy Care would like to provide notification of the State of Arizona House Bill 2075 as it pertains to Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances.

Beginning January 1, 2020, a Schedule II controlled substance that is an Opioid shall be dispensed only with an electronic prescription order as required by Federal Law or Regulation. The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy will not issue waivers to providers for this regulation.

This is a statutory mandate to all providers sending and pharmacies receiving Schedule II Opioid Prescriptions. Exceptions to HB2075 include federal facilities, for example, the Indian Health Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense; these facilities are not subject to this regulation.

For additional information regarding HB2075, please click the link below to the Arizona State
Board of Pharmacy website to view the Frequently Asked Questions tab “E-Prescribing of
Schedule II Opioids Mandate”.  

Please contact the AHCCCS Pharmacy Department at www.AHCCCSPharmacyDept with any questions. 

As always, don't hesitate to contact your Mercy Care Provider Relations Representative with any questions or comments. You can find this notice and all other provider notices on our Mercy Care website.

We appreciate your continued assistance, support and cooperation!