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Information for Dispensers

E-FORCSE, Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Section 893.055(4), Florida Statutes, requires that each time a controlled substance is dispensed to an individual, the controlled substance shall be reported to the department through the [prescription drug monitoring program] system as soon thereafter as possible, but no later than the close of the next business day after the day the controlled substance is dispensed unless an extension is approved by the department for cause as determined by rule. A dispenser must meet the reporting requirements of this section by submitting via the department-approved electronic system the required information concerning each controlled substance that it dispensed.

Section 893.055(5), Florida Statutes provides that when the following acts of dispensing or administering occur, the following are exempt from reporting under this section for that specific act of dispensing or administration:

(a) A health care practitioner when administering a controlled substance directly to a patient if the amount of the controlled substance is adequate to treat the patient during that particular treatment session.
(b) A pharmacist or health care practitioner when administering a controlled substance to a patient or resident receiving care as a patient at a hospital, nursing home, ambulatory surgical center, hospice, or intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled which is licensed in this state.
(c) A practitioner when administering or dispensing a controlled substance in the health care system of the Department of Corrections.
(d) A practitioner when administering a controlled substance in the emergency room of a licensed hospital.
(e) A health care practitioner when administering or dispensing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 16.
(f) A pharmacist or a dispensing practitioner when dispensing a one-time, 72-hour emergency resupply of a controlled substance to a patient.
(g) A rehabilitative hospital, assisted living facility, or nursing home dispensing a certain dosage of a controlled substance, as needed, to a patient while the patient is present and receiving care as ordered by the patient’s treating physician.
(6) The department may establish when to suspend and when to resume reporting information during a state-declared or nationally declared disaster.