Electronic Prescriptions in Arizona

Monday, December 24, 2018

Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) are aware of a new Arizona law going into effect Jan. 1, 2019, that requires electronic prescriptions for opioid medications prescribed in certain Arizona counties. In accordance with the 2018 Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, an electronic prescription to a pharmacy for an opioid medication (schedule II drug) will be required in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, Mohave, and Yuma counties. This same requirement becomes effective in Greenlee, La Paz, Graham, Santa Cruz, Gila, Apache, Navajo, Cochise, and Coconino counties on July 1, 2019. Under the new law, written prescriptions for opioid medications in these Arizona counties will no longer be allowed.  

Please be advised, military hospital or clinic pharmacies are exempt from this law, as they are not able to accept electronic pharmacy orders. Providers who prescribe opioids for TRICARE beneficiaries will need to determine if their patients will be filling the prescription at a military hospital or clinic pharmacy. TRICARE beneficiaries who wish to obtain prescribed opioid medications from a military hospital or clinic pharmacy must still receive a written prescription from their provider.  

For additional information on TRICARE’s pharmacy benefit, visit the Express Scripts website at