Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-22-.03 - Manner of Issuance of a Controlled Substance Prescription Drug Order

(1) All controlled substance prescription drug orders issued by the authorized practitioner shall bear the prescribing practitioner's name, address, telephone number and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permit number assigned to the practitioner for that corresponding address, and each shall be signed and dated on the same day when issued. At the time of dispensing, at a minimum, each shall bear the name and address of the patient, the drug name, strength, dosage form, quantity prescribed, directions for use, and indications for any refills or zero for none.
(a) A practitioner shall sign a prescription in the same manner as he or she would sign a check or legal document, except as the rules allow regarding the issuance of electronic or facsimile prescriptions. Such controlled substance prescription drug orders shall be written with ink or indelible pencil, pen, typewriter, or printer and shall either be done manually or electronically via computer, as defined by the Board, and signed by the practitioner. Such prescription drug orders may be prepared for the practitioner's signature by the practitioner's authorized agent, but the practitioner is responsible for ensuring that the prescription conforms to all essential respects to the laws and regulations.
(b) A hard copy prescription drug order for any Schedule II controlled substance must be on security paper.
1. If a hard copy of an electronic data prescription drug order for any Schedule II controlled substance is given directly to the patient, the manually signed order must be on security paper.
(2) If a practitioner gives a hard copy of an electronic visual image prescription drug order directly to the patient or his/her agent, the hard copy must be printed on security paper with the wording that indicates the signature was electronically generated.
(3) Practitioners may electronically transmit prescription drug orders directly to the pharmacy of the patient's choice where the prescription meets the requirements of O.C.G.A. §§ 16-13-41, 26-4-80, 26-4-80.1, 21 C.F.R. 1306, 21 C.F.R. 1311 and any other applicable state or federal law or regulation for dispensing of a controlled substance prescription drug order transmitted via electronic means.
(4) Practitioners not registered with the DEA, but affiliated with hospitals or other institutions, shall include the registration number of the hospital or other institutions as well as the special internal code assigned to the authorized practitioner by the hospital or other institution, as provided for in federal regulations 21 CFR 1301.22(c), in lieu of a DEA registration when prescribing or issuing a controlled substance drug order.
(a) Each such hand written prescription drug order shall meet the requirements of Rule 480-22-.04(a) and shall have the name of the practitioner stamped, typed or hand printed on it, as well as the signature of the practitioner, along with the telephone number where the practitioner can be contacted for verification.
(b) Such prescription drug orders can only be issued by such practitioner for patients treated as a part of his/her duties at such hospital or other institution.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-22-.03
O.C.G.A. §§ 16-13-34, 16-13-41, 26-4-27, 26-4-80, 26-4-80.1.
Original Rule entitled "Manner of Issuance of a Controlled Substance Prescription Drug Order" adopted. F. July 24, 2002; eff. August 13, 2002. Amended: F. July 30, 2015; eff. August 19, 2015.

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