Florida imposes new ID requirements for pharmacist dispensing of controlled substances

A new Florida law imposes a number of new requirements on pharmacists regarding controlled substance prescribing and dispensing. The law requires pharmacists to verify the identity of the person named on the prescription. If the patient is known to the pharmacist, then verifying a government issued photo ID is unnecessary.

A new Florida law imposes a number of new requirements on pharmacists regarding controlled substance prescribing and dispensing. The law requires pharmacists to verify the identity of the person named on the prescription. If the patient is known to the pharmacist, then verifying a government issued photo ID is unnecessary. If the patient is not known, the pharmacist must have the patient present valid government-issued photographic identification or other verification of his or her identity. If the patient does not have proper ID, the pharmacist must verify the validity of the prescription and identity of the patient with the prescriber or his or her agent. For prescriptions billed through insurance, the pharmacist may query the system to determine health plan eligibility through a real-time inquiry or adjudication system.