Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP

New legislation for Schedule V Medications!

Posted over 6 years ago by Karen Kilian

While this won't apply to pediatrics, it is interesting none the less; Pharmacists will be able to dispense (aka sell) Schedule V mediations which includes liquid cough syrup with codiene as well as liquid antidiarrheal agents without a prescription.  They cannot sell to anyone under the age of 21 years, so that cuts out the pediatric population and there are rules about how much (in ml's) one can sell in a certain time period.  Per ARNP United Facebook site, this takes effect as of July 28, 2013.

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Melissa Hanses about 6 years ago

The update that i got from our office i thought stated the opposite...or am i reading this incorrectly? See the copied text below.

Olympia, Washington 98504


*** LAW CHANGE ***

Effective July 28, 2013, all Schedule III through V controlled substances must be dispensed pursuant to a written, oral, or electronically transmitted prescription. This law supersedes WAC 246-887-030, which allowed for the dispensing of certain Schedule V substances without a prescription.

SB 5416 – Chapter 276, Laws of 2013

RCW 69.50.308 Prescriptions.
(3)(e) Except when dispensed directly by a practitioner authorized to prescribe or administer a controlled substance, other than a pharmacy, to an ultimate user, a substance included in Schedule III, IV,
or V, which is a prescription drug as determined under RCW 69.04.560, may not be dispensed without a written, oral, or electronically communicated prescription of a practitioner. Any oral prescription must be promptly reduced to writing.

(3)(f) The prescription for a substance included in Schedule III, IV, or V may not be filled or refilled more than six months after the date issued by the practitioner or be refilled more than five times, unless renewed by the practitioner.

Beginning July 28, 2013, the practice of providing certain C-V substances without a prescription will no longer be permitted (i.e. codeine containing cough syrups logged
in exempt narcotic register)

Karen Kilian about 6 years ago

I can only find what is referenced above as current on the State website. There doesn't seem to be any reference to upcoming changes....but perhaps changes are not implemented on the website until they take effect. Thanks for the information!

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