APhA coronavirus watch: DEA says schedule II prescriptions by phone are OK in emergencies

There are conditions that govern whether a pharmacist can dispense a by-phone prescription.

Oral prescriptions must be limited to only the adequate amount the patient needs imminently. Schedule II prescriptions beyond that period are still subject to the requirement for paper or electronic submission.

Pharmacists must immediately put the prescription in writing, covering all required fields other than the prescriber’s signature.

Pharmacists must make a good faith effort to verify that the prescription comes from a DEA-registered practitioner if the prescriber is one the pharmacist has not worked with before. DEA specifies in its guidance that one option is a callback to the prescribing individual practitioner using the phone number as listed in the telephone directory.