No prescription drug order for a C-III,
IV, or V controlled substance shall be filled or refilled more than six (6)
months after the date on which such prescription drug order was issued by the
prescribing practitioner and no such prescription drug order may be authorized
to be refilled for the quantity prescribed more than five (5) times.
(a) Nothing shall prohibit the refilling of
such a prescription drug order in amounts less than the quantity prescribed as
long as the total number of dosage units authorized for dispensing both the
original quantity plus the refill quantities does not exceed six (6)
(2) The date of
each refilling of a prescription drug order shall be entered on the back of the
prescription drug order or in a computerized record system, with which all
documents must be uniformly maintained and readily retrievable.
(3) If the pharmacist initials and dates the
back of the prescription drug order, it shall be deemed that the full face
amount of the prescription has been dispensed. If an amount other than the full
face amount is dispensed, the quantity shall be noted next to the initials of
practitioner may authorize additional refills of the original C-III, IV or V
controlled substance prescription drug order through an oral refill
authorization transmitted directly to the pharmacist or pharmacy intern/extern
working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist provided the
following conditions are met:
(a) The total
quantity of refills authorized, including the quantity of refills indicated on
the original prescription drug order does not exceed five (5) refills and does
not extend beyond six (6) months from the date of issue of the original
prescription drug order.
pharmacist or pharmacy intern/extern that receives the oral authorization shall
record on the reverse side of the original prescription drug order the date,
quantity of refill, number of additional refills authorized (for the quantity
prescribed), and the initials showing who received the authorization from the
prescribing practitioner that issued the original prescription drug
(c) The quantity of each
additional refill authorized is equal to or less than the quantity authorized
for the initial filling of the original prescription drug order.
(d) The prescribing practitioner must execute
or authorize a completely new and separate prescription drug order for any
additional quantities beyond the five (5) refills and/or six (6) month
(e) If the
authorization comes from a practitioner that is not the original prescriber,
the authorization shall be treated as a new prescription drug order authorized
by the new prescribing practitioner.
An automated data processing (ADP) or
computerized system may be used for the storage and retrieval of refill
information for prescription drug orders for C-III, IV or V substances, subject
to the requirements as set forth in Rule
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled
"Refilling of Schedule III, IV, and V (C-III, IV, V) Controlled Substance
Prescription Drug Orders" adopted. F. July 24,
2002; eff. August 13, 2002.