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Important Notice to All Medical Offices That Prescribe Schedule 2 Prescriptions

Effective July 1, 2018 all prescription pads and laser prescription paper will have to be reprinted to reflect the new changes Florida HB 21 requires. EHR systems using electronic prescriptions and print on Laser Security Rx paper will have to make adjustments as well. Any schedule 2 drug written on a non-complaint prescription will not be filled by a pharmacist and will leave a patient unable to get the necessary medication prescribed.    In addition to how schedule 2 drugs are written there will be new required Continuing Education Courses for all medical professionals that prescribe them and the pharmacists that fill them.

What the new law requires for
prescription pads and Laser paper
(source Florida Department of Health)…

HB 21 imposes a number of requirements on health care practitioners who prescribe or dispense controlled substances. Effective July 1, 2018, section 456.44, Florida Statutes, will be amended to require health care practitioners who prescribe controlled substance to indicate directly on the prescription if the prescription is for the treatment of pain other than acute pain. The bill specifically states the prescriber must indicate “NONACUTE PAIN” on a prescription for an opioid drug listed as a Schedule II controlled substance.

To assist in the implementation of this bill, the Department has modified a sample prescription pad to include a place for health care practitioners to indicate “NONACUTE PAIN” when appropriate. The check box must be preprinted and not hand written.

For more information on what to do click here

Florida HB 21 Prescription Law

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