2015 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 45 - PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Section 45:1-46.1 - Proper time to access prescription monitoring information; restrictions in dispensing Schedule II controlled dangerous substance; exceptions.
45:1-46.1 Proper time to access prescription monitoring information; restrictions in dispensing Schedule II controlled dangerous substance; exceptions.
8. a. (1) Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, a practitioner or other person who is authorized by a practitioner to access prescription monitoring information pursuant to subsection h. of section 26 of P.L.2007, c.244 (C.45:1-46) shall access prescription monitoring information the first time the practitioner or other person prescribes a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance to a new patient for acute or chronic pain. In addition, for any prescription of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance for a new or current patient for acute or chronic pain which is written on or after the effective date of P.L.2015, c.74 (C.45:1-46.1 et al.) a practitioner or other authorized person shall access prescription monitoring information on a quarterly basis during the period of time the patient continues to receive such prescriptions.
(2) (a) A pharmacist shall not dispense a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance to any person without first accessing the prescription monitoring information, as authorized pursuant to subsection h. of section 26 of P.L.2007, c.244 (C.45:1-46), to determine if the person has received other prescriptions that indicate misuse, abuse, or diversion, if the pharmacist has a reasonable belief that the person may be seeking a controlled dangerous substance, in whole or in part, for any purpose other than the treatment of an existing medical condition, such as for purposes of misuse, abuse, or diversion.
(b)A pharmacist shall not dispense a prescription to a person other than the patient for whom the prescription is intended, unless the person picking up the prescription provides personal identification to the pharmacist, and the pharmacist, as required by subsection b. of section 25 of P.L.2007, c.244 (C.45:1-45), inputs that identifying information into the Prescription Monitoring Program if the pharmacist has a reasonable belief that the person may be seeking a controlled dangerous substance, in whole or in part, for any reason other than delivering the substance to the patient for the treatment of an existing medical condition. The provisions of this subparagraph shall not take effect until the director determines that the Prescription Monitoring Program has the technical capacity to accept such information.
b.The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not apply to:
(2)a practitioner or the practitioner's agent administering methadone, or another controlled dangerous substance designated by the director as appropriate for treatment of a patient with a substance abuse disorder, as interim treatment for a patient on a waiting list for admission to an authorized substance abuse treatment program;
(3)a practitioner administering a controlled dangerous substance directly to a patient;
(4)a practitioner prescribing a controlled dangerous substance to be dispensed by an institutional pharmacy, as defined in N.J.A.C.13:39-9.2;
(5)a practitioner prescribing a controlled dangerous substance in the emergency department of a general hospital, provided that the quantity prescribed does not exceed a five-day supply of the substance;
(6)a practitioner prescribing a controlled dangerous substance to a patient under the care of a hospice;
(7)a situation in which it is not reasonably possible for the practitioner or pharmacist to access the Prescription Monitoring Program in a timely manner, no other individual authorized to access the Prescription Monitoring Program is reasonably available, and the quantity of controlled dangerous substance prescribed or dispensed does not exceed a five-day supply of the substance;
(8)a practitioner or pharmacist acting in compliance with regulations promulgated by the director as to circumstances under which consultation of the Prescription Monitoring Program would result in a patient's inability to obtain a prescription in a timely manner, thereby adversely impacting the medical condition of the patient;
(9)a situation in which the Prescription Monitoring Program is not operational as determined by the division or where it cannot be accessed by the practitioner due to a temporary technological or electrical failure, as set forth in regulation;
(10) a practitioner or pharmacist who has been granted a waiver due to technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the practitioner or pharmacist, or other exceptional circumstances demonstrated by the practitioner or pharmacist, pursuant to a process established in regulation, and in the discretion of the director; or
(11) a practitioner who is prescribing a controlled dangerous substance to a patient immediately after the patient has undergone an operation, procedure, or treatment for acute trauma, when less than a 30-day supply is prescribed.
L.2015, c.74, s.8.
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