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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Faxing Prescriptions

Q: Can prescriptions be transmitted by fax in North Carolina?

A: Board rule .1813 deals with faxing prescriptions and does allow that practice. A review of that section is useful for any specific questions. This rule is limited by federal rules which provide that, generally, prescriptions for Schedule II drugs cannot be faxed.

You can find the rule here.

Exceptions to this can be found in the July, 1997 issue of the Board's Newsletter on page 2 which does allow the transmission by fax of prescriptions for Hospice patients, pharmacies serving long term care facilities and those filling or compounding Schedule II narcotic drugs for home infusion.

In those instances where the faxing of controlled substance prescriptions is permitted it is the position of the Board of Pharmacy that the document which comes out of the fax machine is the original.


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