Thursday, November 30, 2023

 The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBN) is currently aware of the ongoing cyberattack regarding Ardent Health Services that is affecting multiple facilities in the state including Hillcrest Health System, Bailey Medical Center, and Utica Park Clinics, among others.  We have been in contact with the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy regarding the dispensing of medication to patients of Ardent Health providers.  The safety of the citizens of our great state, including proper and sufficient medical care, is our primary concern at this time regarding this matter.  Our guidance at this time for pharmacies that receive prescriptions for controlled substances from Ardent Health providers is to continue filling the prescriptions received while continuing due diligence in confirming the prescription itself is valid and accurate, regardless of the manner or media received. This is intended to be a short-term, temporary solution to ensure prescribers are able to continue patient care until prescribers are able to obtain OBN prescription pads. All prescribers, if they have not done so already, must place an order for OBN prescription pads to be used in situations such as these. Once received, the prescriber will be able to utilize the prescription pads until the systems become available.

Posted by the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy

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