PREFILED JAN 04 2017
REFERENCE TITLE: dispensers; prescription drug monitoring
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
Amending sections 36‑2602 and 36‑2608, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the controlled substances prescription monitoring program.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 36-2602, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
36-2602. Controlled substances prescription monitoring program; contracts; retention and maintenance of records
A. The board shall adopt rules to establish a controlled substances prescription monitoring program. The program shall:
1. Include a computerized central database tracking system to track the prescribing, dispensing and consumption of schedule II, III, and IV and V controlled substances that are dispensed by a medical practitioner or by a pharmacy that holds a valid license or permit issued pursuant to title 32. The database shall include data from the department of health services that identifies residents of this state who possess a registry identification card issued pursuant to chapter 28.1 of this title. The tracking system shall not interfere with the legal use of a controlled substance for the management of severe or intractable pain.
2. Assist law enforcement to identify illegal activity related to the prescribing, dispensing and consumption of schedule II, III, and IV and V controlled substances.
3. Provide information to patients, medical practitioners and pharmacists to help avoid the inappropriate use of schedule II, III, and IV and V controlled substances.
4. Be designed to minimize inconvenience to patients, prescribing medical practitioners and pharmacies while effectuating the collection and storage of information.
B. The board may enter into private or public contracts, including intergovernmental agreements pursuant to title 11, chapter 7, article 3, to ensure the effective operation of the program. Each contractor must comply with the confidentiality requirements prescribed in this article and is subject to the criminal penalties prescribed in section 36‑2610.
C. The board shall maintain medical records information in the program pursuant to the standards prescribed in section 12‑2297.
Sec. 2. Section 36-2608, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
36-2608. Reporting requirements; waiver; exceptions
A. If a medical practitioner dispenses a controlled substance listed in section 36‑2513, 36‑2514, or 36‑2515 or 36‑2516, or if a prescription for a controlled substance listed in any of those sections is dispensed by a pharmacy in this state, a health care facility in this state for outpatient use or a board‑permitted nonresident pharmacy for delivery to a person residing in this state, the medical practitioner, health care facility or pharmacy must report the following information as applicable and as prescribed by the board by rule:
1. The name, address, telephone number, prescription number and United States drug enforcement administration controlled substance registration number of the dispenser.
2. The name, address and date of birth of the person for whom the prescription is written.
3. The name, address, telephone number and United States drug enforcement administration controlled substance registration number of the prescribing medical practitioner.
4. The name, strength, quantity, dosage and national drug code number of the schedule II, III, or IV or V controlled substance dispensed.
5. The date the prescription was dispensed.
6. The number of refills, if any, authorized by the medical practitioner.
B. Except as provided in subsection D of this section, a dispenser must use the September 28, 2011 version 4, release 2 standard implementation guide for prescription monitoring programs published by the American society for automation in pharmacy or any subsequent version or release of that guide to report the required information.
C. The board shall allow the reporter to transmit the required information by electronic data transfer if feasible or, if not feasible, on reporting forms as prescribed by the board. The board shall not require the reporter to submit the required information more frequently than once each day.
D. A dispenser who does not have an automated recordkeeping system capable of producing an electronic report in the established format may request a waiver from electronic reporting by submitting a written request to the board. The board shall grant the request if the dispenser agrees in writing to report the data by submitting a completed universal claim form as prescribed by the board by rule.
E. The board by rule may prescribe the prescription form to be used in prescribing a schedule II, III, or IV or V controlled substance if the board determines that this would facilitate the reporting requirements of this section.
F. The reporting requirements of this section do not apply to the following:
1. A controlled substance administered directly to a patient.
2. A controlled substance dispensed by a medical practitioner at a health care facility licensed by this state if the quantity dispensed is limited to an amount adequate to treat the patient for a maximum of seventy‑two hours with not more than two seventy-two hour seventy‑two‑hour cycles within any fifteen-day period.
3. A controlled substance sample.
4. The wholesale distribution of a schedule II, III, or IV or V controlled substance. For the purposes of this paragraph, "wholesale distribution" has the same meaning prescribed in section 32‑1981.
5. A facility that is registered by the United States drug enforcement administration as a narcotic treatment program and that is subject to the recordkeeping provisions of 21 Code of Federal Regulations section 1304.24.