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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Changes to Schedule II Controlled Substances

Q: What changes can be made to Schedule II Prescriptions?

A: After consulting with the prescribing practitioner (you must speak directly to the practitioner, not his/her agent), the pharmacist may modify or add the following:

  • date of issue – may be added but not changed;
  • patient’s address;
  • drug strength;
  • drug dosage form;
  • drug quantity – may be modified in conjunction with change in strength only, not to exceed the original total dosage prescribed; and
  • directions for use.

A pharmacist may never change the name of the drug (except to generic when appropriate), name of the patient, or the signature of the practitioner.



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