In response to concerns over the abuse and diversion of controlled substances, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the I-STOP act into law in 2012. The law requires all prescribers to consult the on-line NYS Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) prior to prescribing many controlled substances, and goes into effect today, August 27, 2013. What does this mean to you, our patient? It means that we need a minimum of 3 business days to process refill requests. Please plan ahead and make your refill requests in a timely manner. Many of our patients find utilizing the technology in their life to enter a calendar reminder or other pop up is helpful to stay on top of the need for refills. Thank you and again, Happy I-STOP Day!