When may a pharmacist decline to fill a prescription?
A pharmacist may decline to fill a prescription if the pharmacist, in his or her professional judgment, believes that:
- Filling the prescription would be unlawful;
- Filling the prescription would be potentially harmful to the medical health of the patient;
- The prescription is fraudulent; or
- The prescription is not for a legitimate medical purpose.
What should a pharmacist do if he or she determines that a prescription is unlawful, fraudulent, or not for a legitimate purpose?
If a pharmacist determines that a prescription is unlawful, fraudulent, or not for a legitimate purpose, the pharmacist shall not fill the prescription, shall retain the prescription, and may not return it to the patient.
When is a State or Federal ID is required?
The general rule is that for the first filling of any controlled substances prescription for a patient, a pharmacy must obtain from the patient a current and valid form of identification issued by a federal, state, or local governmental agency that contains a photograph and the address of the patient.
Can a consumer get their prescription transferred from one pharmacy to another?
Yes, prescriptions can be transferred, with refills, from one pharmacy to another. Consumers should ask their new pharmacy to obtain the transfers and there is ordinarily no problem with this request. Time to time the old pharmacy may ask the confirmation from the patient about the request.
What is the latest info on the availability of Emergency Contraception/"Plan B®"?
Plan B ® or its generic equivalent may be sold by pharmacists to any person (male or female) age 18 or over without a prescription. Plan B ® must be stored behind the counter, and the pharmacist must obtain suitable proof of age prior to dispensing to a patient without a prescription. Sales to persons age 16 or younger require a valid prescription.
What medications may I carry with me on an airline flight?
Recent changes in Transportation Safety Administration rules governing carry-on items have left many consumers confused about what medication items they may take with them on commercial flights. The FAA has guidance available here.
What is an electronic prescription?
An electronic prescription is created, recorded or stored by electronic means; issued and validated with an electronic signature; and transmitted by electronic means directly from the prescriber to a pharmacy