Emergency Refill Time Expanded for Relief Efforts
TSBP Extends Pharmacists' Ability to Supply Emergency Refills for Up to 30 Days
September 1, 2005
The city of New Orleans is evacuating 25,000 displaced citizens to Houston's Astrodome. In light of this situation, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) is extending emergency refill supply time to aid emergency relief.
Normally, pharmacists may not dispense more than a 72-hour supply of medication. However, TSBP recognizes the emergency situation caused by Hurricane Katrina and will not enforce the 72-hour supply limit. Pharmacists may use professional judgment to provide up to a 30-day supply of medication (other than a Schedule II controled substance) for patients relocated into Texas by Hurricane Katrina.
The laws and rules governing the practice of pharmacy in Texas allow pharmacists to provide emergency refills when the prescriber cannot be reached. Specifically, in an emergency, a pharmacist may use his/her professional judgment in refilling a prescription drug order for a drug (other than a Schedule II controlled substance) provided failure to refill the prescription might result in an interruption of a therapeutic regimen or create patient suffering.
For more information, visit: www.tsbp.state.tx.us/hurricaneinfo.htm.
This article was provided by Texas Pharmacy Association.