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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I-STOP 2.0

Here's an update on I-STOP, the NY State law that's intended to better control drug diversion. Basically, it describes exceptions to the requirement to check the Prescription Monitoring Program Registry (PMP), including prescribing in a hospice, or actually administering the controlled substance. It also describes the requirements for assigning a designee to check the PMP for you.

To review, starting on August 27th, if you prescribe a schedule II, III, or IV substance, you need to check the PMP registry no more than 24 hours prior to writing the prescription. You need to document that you checked it (yes, more required documentation imposed by an external source), or you need to document why you didn't check it, such as a power outage.

For reference, see this post for a slightly wonky description of how to access the PMP registry.

And here are lists of:

Schedule II Drugs
Schedule III Drugs
Schedule IV Drugs

And here are some songs with the word "stop" in the title:

Stop in the Name of Love
I'll Stop the World and Melt with You
Don't Stop Believin'
Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
Don't Stop Me Now
Who'll Stop the Rain
Bus Stop
Don't Stop
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Stop Your Sobbing


  1. Where in the law is the documentation requirement?

    I read the law Public Health Law 3343-a, and cannot find it.

    1. This is from the link at the beginning of the post:

      "Confirmation of such consultation or the reason for failing to consult would be noted in the patient’s medical chart by the practitioner."

      Since the link is an amendment, I'm not sure if the documentation requirement applies only under the amendment, or in the basic law.