Maryland Criminal Law Section 5-701

Article - Criminal Law

§ 5-701.

      (a)      Sections 5-701 through 5-704 of this subtitle apply to:

            (1)      the sale of prescription drugs by a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, retail pharmacist, or jobber to a person not legally qualified or authorized to purchase and hold prescription drugs for use or resale; and

            (2)      an authorized provider's assistant who is not licensed to administer prescription drugs.

      (b)      A person may not dispense a prescription drug except:

            (1)      on an authorized provider's:

                  (i)      written prescription; or

                  (ii)      oral prescription that the pharmacist reduces to writing and files; or

            (2)      by refilling a written or oral prescription that is authorized:

                  (i)      by the authorized provider in the original prescription; or

                  (ii)      by oral direction that the pharmacist reduces to writing and files.

      (c)      A person may not dispense a prescription drug by filling or refilling a written or oral prescription of an authorized provider unless the drug bears a label that, in addition to any requirements of the Department or federal law, contains:

            (1)      the name and address of the dispenser;

            (2)      the serial number and date of the prescription;

            (3)      the name of the authorized provider; and

            (4)      if stated in the prescription, the name and address of the patient and the directions for use.

      (d)      Except as otherwise provided under this title, a person may not:

            (1)      manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute a prescription drug;

            (2)      affix a false or counterfeit label to a package, container, or other receptacle containing a prescription drug;

            (3)      omit, remove, alter, or obliterate a label or symbol that is required by federal, State, or local law on a prescription drug; or

            (4)      obtain or attempt to obtain a prescription drug by:

                  (i)      fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;

                  (ii)      the counterfeiting or altering of a prescription or written order;

                  (iii)      concealing a material fact;

                  (iv)      using a false name or address;

                  (v)      falsely assuming the title of or falsely representing that the person is a manufacturer, distributor, or authorized provider; or

                  (vi)      making or issuing a false or counterfeit prescription or written order.

      (e)      A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.