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DEA Approves Interim Electronic Prescription Rule

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

March 31, 2010

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has unveiled an interim final rule that would make it easier for physicians to e-prescribe controlled substances, Government IT Health reports. The rule requires two-factor authentication as a replacement for doctors' signatures and allows for biometric identifiers--such as fingerprints, iris scans or handprints--to be used as acceptable forms. That change aims to alleviate concerns raised by providers about in-person authorization requirements included in a 2008 notice of proposed rulemaking.
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