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99-01→99-02: PRESCRIBING LIMITS FOR SCHEDULES II AND III

Definitions

Minimal Brain Dysfunction: means Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Dextroamphetamine Sulfate: Any drug which contains dextro and amphetamine and their salts.

In Massachusetts all Schedule II-III prescriptions cannot be filled for more than a 30-day supply. The only exception is for dextroamphetamine sulfate and methylphenidate hydrochloride which may be filled for a 60-day supply if the indication is for minimal brain dysfunction or narcolepsy.

98-001: TECHNICIAN REFILL AUTHORIZATION

A trained technician with one-year full time experience, or a trained technician who is nationally certified may request refill authorizations for patients from the prescriber. However, a trained technician is only allowed to do this if:

  • The prescriber's office uses a voice mail response system and/or

  • The prescriber's agent transcribes the refill request, reviews it with the prescriber, and follows-up with a call to the pharmacist.

98-002: CONTINUING EDUCATION COMPLIANCE

The Board regularly conducts random audits on pharmacists to see if they are in compliance with the required continuing education regulations. The Board requires that pharmacists renew their licenses every two years via continuing education programs. Failure to stay in compliance with continuing education requirements will lead to audit deficiencies.

Repercussions of 1st deficient audit*:

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If a pharmacist is found to be deficient in CEUs in a subsequent audit or fails to complete required CEUs after first audit deficiency, then the Board will take disciplinary action and either suspend the license for a minimum of two weeks or take other disciplinary actions.

*The Board will also audit the pharmacist for the next three renewal cycles.

98-003: COMPUTERIZED COMPENDIA

The Board allows pharmacists to use computerized versions of compendia to fulfill the requirements in 247 CMR 6.01 (5) (1), (2), (3). This regulation states that every pharmacy must have a current copy of the Massachusetts List of Interchangeable Drugs (MLID), and current copies of appropriate compendia and Board regulations. The computerized compendia must be updated quarterly.

98-004: CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR NON-TRADITIONAL PHARM.D. PROGRAMS

A registered pharmacist enrolled in an ACPE accredited non-traditional Doctor of pharmacy program may be exempt from having to do continuing education programs if:

  • Their program provides at least one-semester hour of credit per semester; and,

  • Their college transcript is sent to the Board when requested

The pharmacist must still complete the required two hours of a law CE and five hours of a live CE if their course does not contain a law or live component.

98-005: AUTOMATED DISPENSING DEVICES

Health system pharmacies using automated dispensing devices must follow ...

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