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References Jennifer Gershman, Pharm D, CPh, received her Pharm D degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a 2-year drug information residency.
She served as a pharmacy professor at NSUâ€™s College of Pharmacy for 6 years, managed the drug information center, and conducted medication therapy management reviews. Gershman has published research on prescription drug abuse, regulatory issues, and drug information in various scholarly journals.
Schedule III and IV controlled substances expire after 6 months.
Schedule II controlled substances can be dispensed through an oral prescription for emergencies.• The patient is in a long-term care facility or has been diagnosed as being terminally ill.Generally a pharmacist cannot fill a CII prescription unless it is tendered by the pharmacy on or before the 14th day after the date of issue. The counting of the fourteen days begins on the day after the date on which the practitioner wrote the prescription, except where a CII prescription has a future fill, or “do not fill until” date written on it, in which case the fourteen days begins on the day after the future fill or “do not fill until” date.The following requirements must be followed when dispensing Schedule II controlled substances for emergency situations: Pharmacists should consult their state laws and regulations to determine if there are more stringent requirements for emergency Schedule II oral prescriptions.Hopefully, these laws will assist you in your pharmacy practice setting and serve as a starting point for your pharmacy law toolbox.