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Prescriptions for controlled substances may be transmitted by facsimile machine or electronic medical record ("EMR") from an authorized prescribing practitioner to a facsimile machine in a licensed pharmacy if the following requirements are met:

  1. The original prescription transmitted contains date of issue, full name and address of patient; name, address, state issued license number, DEA registration number, and the manual signature of the practitioner (electronically signed faxed prescriptions for controlled substances are NOT acceptable)name, strength, dosage, quantity of the drug being prescribed; directions for use; and number of refills (if any);
  2. The name and address of the pharmacy to which the prescription is being transmitted;
  3. The name of the person transmitting the prescription;
  4. A statement that the prescription is valid only if transmitted by facsimile is included on the face of the original prescription;
  5. Actual transmission is done by the prescriber or by an authorized agent; and
  6. A prescription for a schedule II controlled substance may be transmitted provided the original, written, signed prescription is presented to the pharmacist for review prior to the actual dispensing of the controlled substance. 
Schedule II Exceptions.  The facsimile of a schedule II prescription may serve as the original as follows: 
  1. The prescription for a schedule II to be compounded for the direct administration to a patient in a private residence, long term care facility or hospice setting by mans of parenteral, intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, or intraspinal infusion;
  2. The prescription for a schedule II for a resident of a long term care facility licensed under 410 IAC 16.-3.1; or
  3. The prescription for a schedule II for a patient enrolled in a hospice program, inpatient or outpatient, certified by Medicare under Title XVIII or licensed by Indiana.  The prescriber or authorized agent will note on the prescription that the patient is a hospice patient.