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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 13CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
SUBCHAPTER DTEXAS PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM
RULE §13.73Exceptions to Use of Form

(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 substance:

    (A) may only be dispensed in a properly labeled container; and

    (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 order; and

  (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.


Source Note: The provisions of this §13.73 adopted to be effective May 9, 2013, 38 TexReg 2771

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