201 KAR 2:175. Emergency/seventy-two (72) hour prescription refills

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/201/002/175.htm
Published: 2015

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      201 KAR 2:175.

Emergency/seventy-two (72) hour prescription refills.



Chapters 217, 315


AUTHORITY: KRS 217.215(3), 315.191


FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: This administrative regulation sets out the

conditions whereby a prescription may be refilled in an emergency situation and

the prescriber is unavailable.


      Section 1. If a

pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill with no refill

authorized and the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain refill authorization

from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense a one (1) time emergency

refill of up to a seventy-two (72) hour supply of the medication when:

      (1) The

prescription refill is not for a controlled substance;

      (2) The

medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of

therapy in chronic conditions;

      (3) In the

pharmacist's professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might

reasonably produce undesirable health consequences or may be detrimental to the

patient's welfare and cause physical or mental discomfort;

      (4) The

pharmacist notes on the prescription record the date, the quantity dispensed,

and his name or initials; and

      (5) In all

situations an emergency refill must be followed by authorization from the

prescriber for continued therapy.


      Section 2.

Violation of any provision of this administrative regulation constitutes

unethical or unprofessional conduct in accordance with KRS 315.121. (9 Ky.R.

1265; Am. 10 Ky.R. 5; eff. 6-1-83; 16 Ky.R. 798; eff. 1-12-90.)