Supervalu pharmacies become first to accept e-Rxs for controlled substances

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu has expanded its offering to accept e-prescriptions for controlled substances at its banner pharmacies after meeting stringent regulatory requirements set by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

While Shoppers and Farm Fresh banner pharmacies in Virginia, along with Albertsons Sav-On pharmacies in Southern California, are the first pharmacies within the chain to accept e-prescriptions for controlled substances — drugs or other substances that are regulated under federal law depending on medical use, potential for abuse and addictiveness — in the coming weeks, the offering will expand to such banner pharmacies as Acme Sav-On, Cub, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save and Shop 'n Save Osco, where approved by state law.

All pharmacies must undergo a credentialing process to accept e-prescriptions for controlled substances, Supervalu said. These security and regulatory requirements are administered by the DEA and must be adhered to.

“Supervalu pharmacies are pleased to provide this added level of service and convenience of e-prescriptions for our patients who require prescriptions of controlled substances,” Supervalu pharmacies president Chris Dimos said. “This capability is another way our pharmacists combine technology and personal service to decrease our customers’ wait times for prescriptions.

“E-prescriptions are especially convenient for patients with multiple prescriptions for controlled and noncontrolled substances,” Dimos said. “Now all these prescriptions can be electronically issued at one time and promptly filled, requiring no additional paperwork or waiting.”