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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Pre-printed Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Q: Can prescription blanks for controlled substances be pre-printed?

A: A North Carolina rule prohibits the preprinting of the name of the controlled substance on prescription blanks. This rule can be found here: NCAC 45.G Drug Commission-Pertinent Rules.

A computer-generated controlled substance prescription is not considered “pre-printed” so long as the prescription was generated for an individual patient, and not “mass printed.”

Pharmacists should also note that the DEA does not permit the use of electronic or stamped signatures on any controlled substance prescription.


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