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In December 2008, DEA finalized a rule that allows a prescriber to issue separate, “do not fill until [date]” prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances, up to a 90-day total supply.
No refills on C-II medications permitted under federal law (21 C.F.R. § 1306.12)
Can write prescriptions for up to a 90-day supply (over several 30-day prescriptions)
Prescriptions must contain:
(1) From 21 C.F.R. § 1306.12: An individual practitioner may issue multiple prescriptions authorizing the patient to receive a total of up to a 90-day supply of a Schedule II controlled substance provided the following conditions are met:
(2) Nothing in this paragraph (b) shall be construed as mandating or encouraging individual practitioners to issue multiple prescriptions or to see their patients only once every 90 days when prescribing Schedule II controlled substances. Rather, individual practitioners must determine on their own, based on sound medical judgment, and in accordance with established medical standards, whether it is appropriate to issue multiple prescriptions and how often to see their patients when doing so.
Drug Enforcement Administration. (2010). Pharmacist’s Manual: An Informational Outline of the Controlled Substances Act. Retrieved from: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/manuals/pharm2/pharm_manual.pdf