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Supervalu announced yesterday that its pharmacies are “the first chain in the United States to meet stringent regulatory requirements and gain approval to accept e prescriptions for controlled substances.”

According to the announcement, “Doctors have had the ability to electronically send prescriptions for non-controlled medications for eight years. This new e-prescribing capability offers added convenience to pharmacy patients who require prescriptions for controlled substances. Instead of bringing in a hand-written prescription, any prescriber who possesses e-prescribing capabilities and is certified to e-prescribe controlled substances can submit their patient's controlled substance prescriptions straight to their local Supervalu pharmacy. It is important to note, some states limit the types of controlled substances that can be prescribed via electronic transmission.”

The capability exists at Supervalu’s Shoppers Pharmacy and Farm Fresh Pharmacy banners in Virginia, and Albertsons Sav-On Pharmacies in Southern California at the present time, and is expected to be expanded to the rest of its banners “in coming weeks.”

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