Mass. General Laws c.94C § 17

Necessity of prescription for dispensing controlled substances

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Effective until January 1, 2020

(a) No controlled substance in Schedule II may be dispensed without the written prescription of a practitioner, except that—

(b) In emergency situations, as defined by rule or regulation of the commissioner acting jointly with the board of registration in pharmacy, drugs in said Schedule II may be dispensed upon oral prescription of a practitioner, reduced promptly to writing and filed by the pharmacy, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of section twenty.

(c) A controlled substance included in Schedule III, IV, V or VI shall not be dispensed without a written or oral prescription of a practitioner.

Effective January 1, 2020

(a) No controlled substance in Schedule II may be dispensed without an electronic prescription from a practitioner, except that—

(b) In emergency situations, as defined by the commissioner, a schedule II, III, IV, V or VI substance may be dispensed upon written prescription or oral prescription in accordance with section 20 and related regulations.

(c) A controlled substance included in Schedule III, IV, V or VI shall not be dispensed without an electronic prescription from a practitioner.

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Last updated: June 21, 2019
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