Legal Implications of Dispensed Medications & Written Prescriptions

Emily Sorah, PhD, PharmD, FSVHP, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

October 2017|Practice Management|Peer Reviewed|Web-Exclusive

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Legal Implications of Dispensed Medications & Written Prescriptions

Dispensing medications and submitting prescriptions to pharmacies (via facsimile, telephone, or written prescriptions provided to clients) is an integral part of any veterinary practice. Veterinarians must understand the laws and regulations surrounding prescription medications to ensure compliance with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state boards of pharmacy. This quiz reviews common scenarios for dispensing and submitting prescriptions for noncontrolled and controlled substances.

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A veterinary patient requires a prescription for tramadol 50 mg tablets. The practice does not stock tramadol, a Schedule IV controlled substance. The client will be provided with a written prescription that can be filled at a local pharmacy.

Which of the following is not required on the prescription?

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A patient requires hydrocodone bitartrate 1-mg homatropine/methylbromide 0.3 mg/mL oral solution for cough suppression. The practice only stocks tablets. A written prescription for this Schedule II controlled substance will be transmitted via facsimile to the client’s local pharmacy.

Which of the following correctly describes how this prescription must be written?

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Which of the following statements is true when dispensing prescriptions from a veterinary practice?

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A patient is prescribed fluoxetine 20-mg capsules for anxiety. The medication was previously obtained from the veterinary practice, but the client has now requested a written prescription that can be filled at a pharmacy closer to the client’s home. The veterinarian charges a fee for the written prescription. The pharmacy contacts the practice and states that it requires the veterinarian’s National Provider Identifier (NPI) or DEA registration number to identify the prescriber.

Which of the following actions is required to fill this prescription?

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Which of the following is not required on the label of a prescription dispensed from a veterinary practice?

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Which of the following statements is false regarding prescriptions for compounded medications?

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