A pharmacist or pharmacy intern/extern
may dispense Schedule III, IV and V Controlled Substances (C-III, IV, V), as
defined by O.C.G.A. §§
(a) A written prescription drug
order bearing the signature of a practitioner as permitted by this
(b) A facsimile of a written,
signed prescription drug order transmitted directly to the pharmacy with the
requirements contained in O.C.G.A. §
by the practitioner of the practitioner's agent;
(c) An oral prescription drug order made by
an individual practitioner and promptly reduced to writing by the pharmacist or
pharmacy intern/extern to a hard copy; and
(d) A written prescription drug order
transmitted via electronic means other than a facsimile, if it meets the
requirements and limitations for electronically transmitted prescription drug
orders set forth in O.C.G.A. §
Rules as set forth by the Board. Such electronically received prescription drug
orders must be promptly reduced to hard copy, except as follows:
Permanent records of
electronic prescriptions do not have to be reduced to hard copy provided the
following requirements are met:
prescription data must be maintained in the original format received for a
minimum of two years; and
Reliable backup copies of the information are readily retrievable and stored in
a secure and fireproof (minimum 1hr UL approved) container, stored in a secured
offsite location or backed up to a documented offsite secure storage device
within 48 hours following each work day.
(3) A pharmacy must either file the original
prescription drug order or generate a hard copy prescription drug order to be
filled, both of which are required to contain all of the information required
by this chapt
Upon dispensing a
C-III, IV, or V controlled substance, the dispensing pharmacist shall ensure
that his or her initials, the dispensing date, and the prescription serial
number appear on the face of or the rear of each such prescription. Nothing
shall prohibit the use of a computer-generated label to fulfill the
requirements of this paragraph and/or the requirements of this Rule.
(a) All such information shall be placed on
the prescription drug order in such a manner that it does not cover or veil any
information required by this chapter or any other rule or law to appear on such
Prescription drug orders for schedule C-III, IV, or V controlled substances
shall be maintained either in a separate prescription drug order file for such
C-III, IV, or V drug orders only or in such a form that they are readily
retrievable from the other prescription drug orders of the pharmacy.
(a) A prescription drug order will be deemed
readily retrievable if, at the time it is initially filled, the face of the
prescription drug order is stamped in red ink in the lower right corner with
the letter "C" no less than 1 inch high and filed in the usual consecutively
numbered prescription drug order file for dangerous drugs; or
(b) A pharmacy which utilizes a computerized
record keeping system for prescription drug orders which permits identification
of prescription drug orders by serial number and retrieval of documents by
prescriber's name, patient's name, drug dispensed, and date filled, then there
is no requirement to mark hard copy prescriptions with a red "C".
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled
"Requirements of Schedule III, IV and V (C-III, IV, V) Controlled Substance
Prescription Drug Order" adopted. F. July 24,
2002; eff. August 13, 2002.
F. Dec. 14, 2012; eff.
Jan. 3, 2013.