Scope of Practice: Pharmacist Dispensing Emergency Refill
A pharmacist can dispense a one-time emergency refill (up to a 72 hour supply) if they believe there is an urgent need, the medication is not a controlled substance, and the prescriber is notified of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable amount of time.
Return or Exchange of Drugs
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 seventy-two (72)-hour supply of the prescribed medication, providing that: (1) The prescription is not for a drug in schedule II appearing in RIGL Chapter 21-28; (2) The medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy of a chronic condition; (3) In the pharmacist's professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might reasonably produce undesirable health consequences or may cause physical or mental discomfort; and (4) The dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after such dispensing. (5) For medications that are pre-packaged in a unit-of-use container that do not conform with a seventy-two (72) hour supply, the pharmacist shall dispense the smallest unit of use to the patient. (6) For an emergency prescription refill, there shall be appropriate documentation in the patient profile or on the hard copy of the prescription that an emergency refill has been dispensed.