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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 17: Necessity of prescription for dispensing controlled substances

[Subsection (a) effective until January 1, 2020. For text effective January 1, 2020, see below.]

Section 17. (a) No controlled substance in Schedule II may be dispensed without the written prescription of a practitioner, except that—

[Subsection (a) as amended by 2018, 208, Sec. 28 effective January 1, 2020. See 2018, 208, Sec. 110. For text effective until January 1, 2020, see above.]

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

[Subsection (b) effective until January 1, 2020. For text effective January 1, 2020, see below.]

(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.

[Subsection (b) as amended by 2018, 208, Sec. 29 effective January 1, 2020. See 2018, 208, Sec. 110. For text effective until January 1, 2020, see above.]

(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.

[Subsection (c) effective until January 1, 2020. For text effective January 1, 2020, see below.]

(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.

[Subsection (c) as amended by 2018, 208, Sec. 30 effective January 1, 2020. See 2018, 208, Sec. 110. For text effective until January 1, 2020, see above.]

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