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Arizona Opioid E-Prescribing Requirement

The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act signed by Governor Ducey in 2018 mandates that prescription orders for a Schedule II opioid must be transmitted electronically to the dispensing pharmacy. Examples of Schedule II narcotics include: morphine, oxycodone, codeine, methadone, and hydrocodone.

Beginning January 1, 2019, each prescription order for a Schedule II opioid in Arizona’s six largest counties (Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma) must be transmitted electronically to the dispensing pharmacy.

Beginning July 1, 2019, these same requirements go into effect in all other Arizona counties (Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Navajo and Santa Cruz).

Providers, patients and families should expect that pharmacies will no longer accept written or printed prescriptions for Schedule II opioids starting January 1. 


  1. Good news, but I am disheartened with TMC. A very dear friend of mine went for a job interview. Was excepted, but she was a smoker so she was de nighed the job.She is going through a bad divorce, Willing to where a patch.Wanting to get healed.I thought T.M.C..was a helping hospital? To top it all off the human resources interviewer was very cold.
    I am very sorry.

    Thomas Brace

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