The Arizona Revised Statutes have been updated to include the revised sections from the 54th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session. Please note that the next update of this compilation will not take place until after the conclusion of the 55th Legislature, 1st Regular Session, which convenes in January 2021.
This online version of the Arizona Revised Statutes is primarily maintained for legislative drafting purposes and reflects the version of law that is effective on January 1st of the year following the most recent legislative session. The official version of the Arizona Revised Statutes is published by Thomson Reuters.
32-1968. Dispensing prescription-only drug; prescription orders; refills; labels; misbranding; dispensing soft contact lenses; opioid antagonists
A. A prescription-only drug shall be dispensed only under one of the following conditions:
1. By a medical practitioner in conformance with section 32-1921.
2. On a written prescription order bearing the prescribing medical practitioner's manual signature.
3. On an electronically transmitted prescription order containing the prescribing medical practitioner's electronic or digital signature.
4. On a written prescription order generated from electronic media containing the prescribing medical practitioner's electronic or manual signature. A prescription order that contains only an electronic signature must be applied to paper that uses security features that will ensure the prescription order is not subject to any form of copying or alteration.
5. On an oral prescription order that is reduced promptly to writing and filed by the pharmacist.
6. By refilling any written, electronically transmitted or oral prescription order if a refill is authorized by the prescriber either in the original prescription order, by an electronically transmitted refill order that is documented promptly and filed by the pharmacist or by an oral refill order that is documented promptly and filed by the pharmacist.
7. On a prescription order that the prescribing medical practitioner or the prescribing medical practitioner's agent transmits by fax or e-mail.
8. On a prescription order that the patient transmits by fax or by e-mail if the patient presents a written prescription order bearing the prescribing medical practitioner's manual signature when the prescription-only drug is picked up at the pharmacy.
B. A prescription order shall not be refilled if it is either:
1. Ordered by the prescriber not to be refilled.
2. More than one year since it was originally ordered.
C. A prescription order shall contain the date it was issued, the name and address of the person for whom or owner of the animal for which the drug is ordered, refills authorized, if any, the legibly printed name, address and telephone number of the prescribing medical practitioner, the name, strength, dosage form and quantity of the drug ordered and directions for its use.
D. Any drug dispensed in accordance with subsection A of this section is exempt from the requirements of section 32-1967, except section 32-1967, subsection A, paragraphs 1, 10 and 11 and the packaging requirements of section 32-1967, subsection A, paragraphs 7 and 8, if the drug container bears a label containing the name and address of the dispenser, the serial number, the date of dispensing, the name of the prescriber, the name of the patient, or, if an animal, the name of the owner of the animal and the species of the animal, directions for use and cautionary statements, if any, contained in the order. This exemption does not apply to any drug dispensed in the course of the conduct of a business of dispensing drugs pursuant to diagnosis by mail or the internet or to a drug dispensed in violation of subsection A of this section.
E. The board by rule also may require additional information on the label of prescription medication that the board believes to be necessary for the best interest of the public's health and welfare.
F. A prescription-only drug or a controlled substance that requires a prescription order is deemed to be misbranded if, at any time before dispensing, its label fails to bear the statement "Rx only". A drug to which subsection A of this section does not apply is deemed to be misbranded if, at any time before dispensing, its label bears the caution statement quoted in this subsection.
G. A pharmacist may fill a prescription order for soft contact lenses only as provided in this chapter.
H. A pharmacist may dispense naloxone hydrochloride or any other opioid antagonist that is approved by the United States food and drug administration on the receipt of a standing order and according to protocols adopted by the board pursuant to section 32-1979. For the purposes of this subsection, "standing order" means a signed prescription order that authorizes the pharmacist to dispense naloxone hydrochloride or any other opioid antagonist for emergency purposes and that is issued by a medical practitioner licensed in this state or a state or county health officer who is a medical practitioner licensed in this state.