Policy 2010-01: Authorizing Transfer of an Original Schedule VI

Prescription Not Dispensed Within One Year of Issue Date

The Massachusetts Board of Registration Pharmacy has established a prescription transfer policy allowing for the transfer of an original Schedule VI prescription NOT DISPENSED by the initial pharmacy to a receiving pharmacy within one year of the date of the issuance of the original prescription, upon request of the patient or patient's agent, provided that ALL of the below listed conditions are met by the initial AND receiving pharmacy:

The pharmacist at the initial pharmacy is required to:

  • record on a written transfer log or by entry into a computerized system, the original prescription (delivered, telephoned, faxed or electronically transmitted) and maintain the original prescription in a hard copy or computerized file at the initial pharmacy;
  • assign a serial number (computer or manually generated) to the prescription (e.g. yyyy/mm/dd/#);
  • transfer the prescription information to the receiving pharmacist, in accordance with 247 CMR 9.02(3);
  • document (hard copy or computer record) that the original and refill prescription information was transferred to the receiving pharmacy and that no quantity of drug was dispensed by the initial pharmacy;
  • fax the original prescription to the receiving pharmacy to complete the transfer, unless the prescription is otherwise maintained within a shared system of computerized records; and
  • maintain a record of the original prescription and transfer, on a written transfer log or by entry into a computerized system, for a minimum period of two years from the date of transfer, in accordance with 247 CMR 9.02.

The pharmacist at the receiving pharmacy is required to:

  • record the word "TRANSFER" on the face of the transferred prescription;
  • record all information required by state and federal law to be on a prescription, including the initial pharmacy's name, address and DEA number, the original prescription number from which the prescription information was transferred, and the name of the transferor pharmacist; and
  • maintain a record of the original prescription and transfer, on a written transfer log or by entry into a computerized system, for a minimum period of two years from the date of transfer, in accordance with 247 CMR 9.02.


Authority: Mass. Genl. Laws c. 112, § 42A and 247 CMR 9.02
Adopted by the Board of Registration in Pharmacy: January 12, 2010


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.