19 CSR 30-1.070 - Emergency Dispensing of Schedule II Substances

Current through Register Vol. 47, No. 7, April 1, 2022

PURPOSE: This rule provides for the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule II drugs in an emergency situation.

(1) In the case of a bona fide emergency situation, as defined by the Department of Health, a pharmacist may dispense a Schedule II controlled substance upon receiving oral authorization of a prescribing practitioner; provided, that-
(A) The quantity prescribed and dispensed is limited to the amount adequate to treat the patient during the emergency period. Prescribing or dispensing beyond the emergency period must be pursuant to a written prescription;
(B) The prescription immediately shall be reduced to writing by the pharmacist and shall contain all information, except for the prescribing practitioner's signature;
(C) If the prescribing practitioner is not known to the pharmacist, s/he must make reasonable effort to determine that the oral authorization came from a practitioner, by verifying his/her phone number against that listed in the directory and other good faith efforts to insure his/her identity;
(D) Within seven days after authorizing an emergency oral prescription, the prescribing practitioner must cause a written prescription for the emergency quantity prescribed to be delivered to the dispensing pharmacist. The prescription shall have written on its face authorization for emergency dispensing. The written prescription may be delivered to the pharmacist in person or by mail, but if delivered by mail it must be postmarked within the seven-day period. Upon receipt, the dispensing pharmacist shall attach this prescription to the oral emergency prescription which had earlier been reduced to writing. The pharmacist shall notify the Department of Health if the prescribing practitioner fails to deliver a written prescription to him/her; failure of the pharmacist to do so shall void the authority conferred by this section to dispense without a written prescription of a prescribing practitioner.
(2) Definition of Emergency Situation. For the purpose of authorizing an oral prescription of a controlled substance listed in Schedule II of the controlled substances law (sections 195.010-195.320, RSMo), the term emergency situation means those situations in which the prescribing practitioner determines that-
(A) Immediate administration of a controlled substance is necessary for proper treatment of the intended ultimate user;
(B) No appropriate alternative treatment is available, including administration of a drug which is not a controlled substance under Schedule II;
(C) It is not reasonably possible for the prescribing practitioner to provide a written prescription to be presented to the person dispensing the substance prior to the dispensing.


19 CSR 30-1.070
AUTHORITY: section 195.195, RSMo 1994.* Original rule filed April 14, 2000, effective Nov. 30, 2000.

*Original authority: 195.195, RSMo 1957, amended 1971, 1989, 1993.

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