E-Prescribing Study Medications to the Investigational Drug Service

The Investigational Drug Service (IDS) has implemented e-prescribing for clinical trials. Investigators may electronically prescribe ambulatory medications for outpatient trials to the Investigational Drug Service at Mount Sinai Hospital. There are several advantages to this system. For example, medication orders are linked to GCO numbers in order to avoid protocol deviations. In addition, study-specific templates may be pre-built for the user’s convenience to be updated at the time the order is placed. Please note, if a researcher is e-prescribing controlled substances, they will need to go through an enrollment process to gain the appropriate level of permission to proceed, which can be arranged via their designated department’s enrollment supervisor.

When e-prescribing for research, please take note of the following:

  • Enter the GCO number of the study (GCO#xx-xxxx) into the medication field.
  • Indicate the date due after the directions for use.
  • Refills are NOT authorized for investigational agents.
  • Select Mount Sinai Hospital Pharmacy (ID#74819) by searching “IDS” or “Investigational” or “Mount Sinai” or “Mount Sinai Research.”

This new process has been put into place in anticipation of the New York State’s mandate effective March 27, 2016. Although these regulations do not apply to investigational medications, Mount Sinai Hospital wanted to offer the service to the research community.

For more information about e-prescribing within the Mount Sinai Health System, visit the EPCS Intranet, email the project team: EPCSquestions@mountsinai.org, or contact the IDS at 212-241-2437.

If you have further questions about the e-prescribing mandate, please contact the NY State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. Contact information can be found online.