OU Health Announces Chance in Prescribing Controlled Medication

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Due to a new Oklahoma Law (Oklahoma House Bill 2931), OU Health is now using an electronic prescribing system allowing healthcare providers to send prescriptions directly to a patient’s pharmacy. The law mandates prescriptions for all controlled pain medications and other “controlled substances” must now be sent electronically.

The medications affected by the new law include those prescribed for:

  • ADHD
  • Pain management
  • Seizure
  • Depression/anxiety

While some pharmacies are not able to accept electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, most large retail pharmacies are able to accommodate the new law.

Prescriptions for controlled substances will now be sent directly from the OU Health provider’s office to the pharmacy, which should be more convenient for patients. This will allow providers and pharmacies to electronically store information about these medications. This can help avoid drug-to-drug interactions and may help prevent allergic reactions.

Patients can contact their pharmacy directly to refill prescriptions. The pharmacy will contact the provider for approval.



With nearly one million patient visits per year, OU Physicians provides healthcare with a depth and breadth of expertise that is unmatched in the region. Locations range from the Oklahoma Health Center in downtown Oklahoma City to 23 total clinics in the Oklahoma City area, Edmond, Midwest City and Lawton. In the Tulsa area, 300 physicians and specialists provide clinical care at six OU Physicians clinics. Most providers also serve as faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, training the next generation of physicians. For more information, visit oumedicine.com/ouphysicians.


OU Health — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Health is the No. 1 ranked hospital system in Oklahoma, and its oncology program at Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Medical Center ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, in the 2019-2020 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. OU Health was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in four specialties: Ophthalmology in partnership with Dean McGee Eye Institute, Colon Surgery, COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.