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E-Prescribing Waiver Information and Application

T.C.A. 63-1-160  requires that on or after January 1, 2021, any prescription for a Schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substance issued by a prescriber who is authorized by law to prescribe the drug must be issued as an electronic prescription from the person issuing the prescription to a pharmacy.

A health care prescriber that is unable to comply with the electronic prescription requirement for a Schedule II, III, IV or V prior to January 1, 2021, may apply for a waiver from the requirement based on economic hardship or technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the health care prescriber or other exceptional circumstance demonstrated by the health care prescriber.

The granting of this application provides a waiver from the electronic prescription requirement and is effective from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021. There is no fee for this application. Health care prescribers will be notified via the email address provided by the health care prescriber of the Commissioner’s approval or denial of the waiver request. The application for waiver can be found at:

Please complete the electronic fillable form below and ensure your contact information and reason for requesting the waiver are filled in. Once you hit submit, you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Once you verify your email address you will receive a second email confirming receipt of your waiver. 

On August 28th the Governor issued Executive Order No. 59 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to September 30, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations. Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 60 and 61, which extend through September 30 provisions that allow for electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards and remote notarization and witnessing of documents, allowing for implementation of best practices developed during COVID-19 for providing live broadcasts of electronic meetings and safely conducting in-person transactions, respectively, beginning October 1. Executive Order Nos. 59, 60, 61, 63 and 64 may be found at: https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee

The board’s mission is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring that all who practice nursing within this state are qualified and licensed to practice.

Click HERE for important information related to Executive Orders issued by Governor Lee.

♦ Click HERE for important information from Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, Commissioner of Health.

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The mission of each board is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice health care professions within this state to be qualified.