|(a) An official prescription form is not required for
a medication order written for a patient who is admitted to a hospital
at the time the medication order is written and filled.
(1) A practitioner may dispense or cause to be dispensed
a Schedule II controlled substance to a patient who:
(A) is admitted to the hospital; and
(B) will require an emergency quantity of a controlled
substance upon release from the hospital.
(2) Under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the controlled
(A) may only be dispensed in a properly labeled container;
(B) may not be more than a seven-day supply or the
minimum amount needed for proper treatment of the patient until the
patient can obtain access to a pharmacy, whichever is less.
(b) Subsection (a) of this section applies to a patient
who is admitted to a hospital, including a patient:
(1) admitted to:
(A) a general hospital, special hospital, licensed
ambulatory surgical center, surgical suite in a dental school, or
veterinary medical school; or
(B) a hospital clinic or emergency room, if the clinic
or emergency room is under the control, direction, and administration
as an integral part of a general or special hospital;
(2) receiving treatment with a Schedule II controlled
substance from a member of a Life Flight or similar medical team or
an emergency medical ambulance crew or a paramedic-emergency medical
technician operating as an extension of an emergency room of a general
or special hospital; or
(3) receiving treatment with a Schedule II controlled
substance while the patient is an inmate incarcerated in a correctional
facility operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or a
correctional facility operating in accordance with the Health Services
Plan adopted by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
(c) Subsection (a) of this section applies to an animal
admitted to an animal hospital, including an animal that is a permanent
resident of a zoo, wildlife park, exotic game ranch, wildlife management
program, or state or federal research facility.
(d) An official prescription form is not required in
a long-term care facility (LTCF) if:
(1) an individual administers the substance to an inpatient
from the facility's medical emergency kit;
(2) the individual administering the substance is an
authorized practitioner or an agent acting under the practitioner's
(3) the facility maintains the proper records as required
for an emergency medical kit in an LTCF.
(e) An official prescription form is not required when
a therapeutic optometrist administers a topical ocular pharmaceutical
agent in compliance with:
(1) the Texas Optometry Act; and
(2) a rule adopted by the Texas Optometry Board under
the authority of the Texas Optometry Act.