The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
finalized a rule effective December 19, 2007
that allows a practitioner to issue a patient
multiple 30 day prescriptions for the same
controlled substance on the same day. Each
prescription requires a written instruction
indicating a future date on which a pharmacist
could fill the prescription. Thus a
patient could receive a 3 month supply of
medication during a single visit. The
patient would receive 3 prescriptions, each
dated on the day of the visit, but one
indicating it could not be filled until 30 days
in the future and a second indicating that it
could not be filled until 60 days in the future.
AmigoDoc now incorporates a feature that
satisfies this DEA requirement. This
feature allows you to print a 'Do
not fill until' label on the prescription
by simply clicking a button. One click would
automatically add a fill date 30 days in future,
2 clicks would add 60 days in the future.
Thus, using AmigoDoc, you can print a set of 3
prescriptions covering a 3 month period rather
quickly, without having to do anything manually
except sign them.
For more information, check 'Utilities --> Help
Topics --> (Schedule II) Multiple Prescription
Features Explained' in the Demo version of
Please note, however, that the particular
regulations of your state may supersede this DEA
ruling. For example, this DEA multiple
prescription ruling is not valid in New York
State. When last checked (3/6/2008), New
York State Public Health Law, being more stringent, overrides this DEA ruling.
Therefore, you should
check with your state's regulatory agency.