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720 ILCS 570/312
(720 ILCS 570/312)
(from Ch. 56 1/2, par. 1312)
Requirements for dispensing controlled substances.
(a) A practitioner, in good faith, may dispense a Schedule
II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug listed in Section 206
of this Act; or which contains any quantity of amphetamine or
methamphetamine, their salts, optical isomers or salts of optical
isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or pentazocine; and Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances
to any person upon
a written or electronic prescription of any prescriber, dated and signed
person prescribing (or electronically validated in compliance with Section 311.5) on the day when issued and bearing the name and
address of the patient for whom, or the owner of the animal for which
the controlled substance is dispensed, and the full name, address and
registry number under the laws of the United States relating to
controlled substances of the prescriber, if he or she is
those laws to be registered. If the prescription is for an animal it
shall state the species of animal for which it is ordered. The
practitioner filling the prescription shall, unless otherwise permitted, write the date of filling
and his or her own signature on the face of the written prescription or, alternatively, shall indicate such filling using a unique identifier as defined in paragraph (v) of Section 3 of the Pharmacy Practice Act.
The written prescription shall be
retained on file by the practitioner who filled it or pharmacy in which
the prescription was filled for a period of 2 years, so as to be readily
accessible for inspection or removal by any officer or employee engaged
in the enforcement of this Act. Whenever the practitioner's or
pharmacy's copy of any prescription is removed by an officer or
employee engaged in the enforcement of this Act, for the purpose of
investigation or as evidence, such officer or employee shall give to the
practitioner or pharmacy a receipt in lieu thereof. If the specific prescription is machine or computer generated and printed at the prescriber's office, the date does not need to be handwritten. A prescription
for a Schedule II controlled substance shall not be issued for more than a 30 day supply, except as provided in subsection (a-5), and shall be valid for up to 90 days
after the date of issuance. A written prescription for Schedule III, IV or
V controlled substances shall not be filled or refilled more than 6 months
after the date thereof or refilled more than 5 times unless renewed, in
writing, by the prescriber. A pharmacy shall maintain a policy regarding the type of identification necessary, if any, to receive a prescription in accordance with State and federal law. The pharmacy must post such information where prescriptions are filled.
(a-5) Physicians may issue multiple prescriptions (3 sequential 30-day supplies) for the same Schedule II controlled substance, authorizing up to a 90-day supply. Before authorizing a 90-day supply of a Schedule II controlled substance, the physician must meet the following conditions:
(1) Each separate prescription must be issued for a
legitimate medical purpose by an individual physician acting in the usual course of professional practice.
(2) The individual physician must provide written
instructions on each prescription (other than the first prescription, if the prescribing physician intends for the prescription to be filled immediately) indicating the earliest date on which a pharmacy may fill that prescription.
(3) The physician shall document in the medical
record of a patient the medical necessity for the amount and duration of the 3 sequential 30-day prescriptions for Schedule II narcotics.
(b) In lieu of a written prescription required by this Section, a
pharmacist, in good faith, may dispense Schedule III, IV, or V
substances to any person either upon receiving a facsimile of a written,
signed prescription transmitted by the prescriber or the prescriber's agent
or upon a lawful oral prescription of a
prescriber which oral prescription shall be reduced
writing by the pharmacist and such written memorandum thereof shall be
dated on the day when such oral prescription is received by the
pharmacist and shall bear the full name and address of the ultimate user
for whom, or of the owner of the animal for which the controlled
substance is dispensed, and the full name, address, and registry number
under the law of the United States relating to controlled substances of
the prescriber prescribing if he or she is required by those laws
to be so
registered, and the pharmacist filling such oral prescription shall
write the date of filling and his or her own signature on the face of such
written memorandum thereof. The facsimile copy of the prescription or
written memorandum of the oral
prescription shall be retained on file by the proprietor of the pharmacy
in which it is filled for a period of not less than two years, so as to
be readily accessible for inspection by any officer or employee engaged
in the enforcement of this Act in the same manner as a written
prescription. The facsimile copy of the prescription or oral prescription
and the written memorandum thereof
shall not be filled or refilled more than 6 months after the date
thereof or be refilled more than 5 times, unless renewed, in writing, by
(c) Except for any non-prescription targeted methamphetamine precursor regulated by the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, a
controlled substance included in Schedule V shall not be
distributed or dispensed other than for a medical purpose and not for
the purpose of evading this Act, and then:
(1) only personally by a person registered to
dispense a Schedule V controlled substance and then only to his or her patients, or
(2) only personally by a pharmacist, and then only to
a person over 21 years of age who has identified himself or herself to the pharmacist by means of 2 positive documents of identification.
(3) the dispenser shall record the name and address
of the purchaser, the name and quantity of the product, the date and time of the sale, and the dispenser's signature.
(4) no person shall purchase or be dispensed more
than 120 milliliters or more than 120 grams of any Schedule V substance which contains codeine, dihydrocodeine, or any salts thereof, or ethylmorphine, or any salts thereof, in any 96 hour period. The purchaser shall sign a form, approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, attesting that he or she has not purchased any Schedule V controlled substances within the immediately preceding 96 hours.
(6) all records of purchases and sales shall be
maintained for not less than 2 years.
(7) no person shall obtain or attempt to obtain
within any consecutive 96 hour period any Schedule V substances of more than 120 milliliters or more than 120 grams containing codeine, dihydrocodeine or any of its salts, or ethylmorphine or any of its salts. Any person obtaining any such preparations or combination of preparations in excess of this limitation shall be in unlawful possession of such controlled substance.
(8) a person qualified to dispense controlled
substances under this Act and registered thereunder shall at no time maintain or keep in stock a quantity of Schedule V controlled substances in excess of 4.5 liters for each substance; a pharmacy shall at no time maintain or keep in stock a quantity of Schedule V controlled substances as defined in excess of 4.5 liters for each substance, plus the additional quantity of controlled substances necessary to fill the largest number of prescription orders filled by that pharmacy for such controlled substances in any one week in the previous year. These limitations shall not apply to Schedule V controlled substances which Federal law prohibits from being dispensed without a prescription.
(9) no person shall distribute or dispense butyl
nitrite for inhalation or other introduction into the human body for euphoric or physical effect.
(d) Every practitioner shall keep a record or log of controlled substances
received by him or her and a record of all such controlled substances
administered, dispensed or professionally used by him or her otherwise than by
prescription. It shall, however, be sufficient compliance with this
paragraph if any practitioner utilizing controlled substances listed in
Schedules III, IV and V shall keep a record of all those substances
dispensed and distributed by him or her other than those controlled substances
which are administered by the direct application of a controlled
substance, whether by injection, inhalation, ingestion, or any other
means to the body of a patient or research subject. A practitioner who
dispenses, other than by administering, a controlled substance in
Schedule II, which is a narcotic drug listed in Section 206 of this Act,
or which contains any quantity of amphetamine or methamphetamine, their
salts, optical isomers or salts of optical isomers, pentazocine, or
methaqualone shall do so only upon
the issuance of a written prescription blank or electronic prescription issued by a
(e) Whenever a manufacturer distributes a controlled substance in a
package prepared by him or her, and whenever a wholesale distributor
distributes a controlled substance in a package prepared by him or her or the
manufacturer, he or she shall securely affix to each package in which that
substance is contained a label showing in legible English the name and
address of the manufacturer, the distributor and the quantity, kind and
form of controlled substance contained therein. No person except a
pharmacist and only for the purposes of filling a prescription under
this Act, shall alter, deface or remove any label so affixed.
(f) Whenever a practitioner dispenses any controlled substance except a non-prescription Schedule V product or a non-prescription targeted methamphetamine precursor regulated by the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, he or she
shall affix to the container in which such substance is sold or
dispensed, a label indicating the date of initial filling, the practitioner's
name and address, the name
of the patient, the name of the prescriber,
for use and cautionary statements, if any, contained in any prescription
or required by law, the proprietary name or names or the established name
of the controlled substance, and the dosage and quantity, except as otherwise
authorized by regulation by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. No
person shall alter, deface or remove any label so affixed as long as the specific medication remains in the container.
(g) A person to whom or for whose use any controlled substance has
been prescribed or dispensed by a practitioner, or other persons
authorized under this Act, and the owner of any animal for which such
substance has been prescribed or dispensed by a veterinarian, may
lawfully possess such substance only in the container in which it was
delivered to him or her by the person dispensing such substance.
(h) The responsibility for the proper prescribing or dispensing of
controlled substances that are under the prescriber's direct control is upon the prescriber. The responsibility for
the proper filling of a prescription for controlled substance drugs
rests with the pharmacist. An order purporting to be a prescription
issued to any individual, which is not in the regular course of
professional treatment nor part of an authorized methadone maintenance
program, nor in legitimate and authorized research instituted by any
accredited hospital, educational institution, charitable foundation, or
federal, state or local governmental agency, and which is intended to
provide that individual with controlled substances sufficient to
maintain that individual's or any other individual's physical or
psychological addiction, habitual or customary use, dependence, or
diversion of that controlled substance is not a prescription within the
meaning and intent of this Act; and the person issuing it, shall be
subject to the penalties provided for violations of the law relating to
(i) A prescriber shall not pre-print or cause to be
prescription for any controlled substance; nor shall any practitioner
issue, fill or cause to be issued or filled, a pre-printed prescription
for any controlled substance.
(i-5) A prescriber may use a machine or electronic device to individually generate a printed prescription, but the prescriber is still required to affix his or her manual signature.
(j) No person shall manufacture, dispense, deliver, possess with
intent to deliver, prescribe, or administer or cause to be administered
under his or her direction any anabolic steroid, for any use in humans other than
the treatment of disease in accordance with the order of a physician licensed
to practice medicine in all its branches for a
valid medical purpose in the course of professional practice. The use of
anabolic steroids for the purpose of hormonal manipulation that is intended
to increase muscle mass, strength or weight without a medical necessity to
do so, or for the intended purpose of improving physical appearance or
performance in any form of exercise, sport, or game, is not a valid medical
purpose or in the course of professional practice.
(k) Controlled substances may be mailed if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The controlled substances are not outwardly
dangerous and are not likely, of their own force, to cause injury to a person's life or health.
(2) The inner container of a parcel containing
controlled substances must be marked and sealed as required under this Act and its rules, and be placed in a plain outer container or securely wrapped in plain paper.
(3) If the controlled substances consist of
prescription medicines, the inner container must be labeled to show the name and address of the pharmacy or practitioner dispensing the prescription.
(4) The outside wrapper or container must be free of
markings that would indicate the nature of the contents.
(l) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act to the contrary, emergency medical services personnel may administer Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substances to a person in the scope of their employment without a written, electronic, or oral prescription of a prescriber.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 99-480, eff. 9-9-15; 100-280, eff. 1-1-18