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Florida Issues State of Emergency for Hurricane Michael

—October 08, 2018
Florida Issues State of Emergency for Hurricane Michael

The state of Florida has issued a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Michael. Among the provisions, this will lift some restrictions for early refills and allow an additional 30-day refill for maintenance medications.

In accordance with Section 465.0275, F.S., pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-day supply of maintenance medication for a chronic condition.

Section 465.0275(2), F.S., states that, pursuant to an emergency order, a pharmacist may dispense up to a 30-day supply in the areas or counties affected by the order provided that:

 

  • The medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy in a chronic condition;
  • In the pharmacist’s professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might reasonably produce undesirable health consequences or may cause physical or mental discomfort;
  • The dispensing pharmacist creates a written order containing all of the prescription information required by this chapter and chapters 499 and 893 and signs that order; and
  • The dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after such dispensing.

However, a 30-day prescription for a medicinal drug listed in Schedule II appearing in chapter 893 is not permitted under Section 465.0275, F.S. 

In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may: 

  • Dispense a one-time emergency refill of up to a 72-hour supply of the prescribed medication; 
  • Or dispense a one-time emergency refill of one vial of insulin to treat diabetes mellitus, irrespective of the issuance of an Executive Order.

View the full statute here.


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