Source: Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
- Effective Monday, March 23, 2015, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4729.291 states a prescriber may not do either of the following:
- In any 30 day period, personally furnish to or for patients, taken as a whole, controlled substances containing buprenorphine in an amount that exceeds a total of 2,500 dosage units; or
- In any 72 hour period, personally furnish to or for a patient an amount of a controlled substance containing buprenorphine that exceeds the amount necessary for the patient’s use in a 72 hour period.
This only applies to buprenorphine that is personally furnished (i.e. physician dispensed in an outpatient setting). These restrictions do not apply to buprenorphine products that are administered in an inpatient setting or prescriptions for buprenorphine products that are filled by a pharmacy in accordance with state and federal law.
- Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2015, ORC 4729.541 will require the following business entities to hold a license as a terminal distributor of dangerous drugs in order to possess, have custody or control of, and dispense controlled substances containing buprenorphine that are used for the purpose of treating drug dependence or addiction:
- A business entity that is a corporation formed under division (B) of section 1701.03 of the ORC, a limited liability company formed under Chapter 1705 of the ORC, or a professional association formed under Chapter 1785. of the ORC if the entity has a sole shareholder who is a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs and is authorized to provide the professional services being offered by the entity; or
- A limited liability company, a partnership or a limited liability partnership, or a professional association, if, to be a shareholder, member, or partner, an individual is required to be licensed, certified, or otherwise legally authorized under Title 47 of the ORC to perform the professional service provided by the entity and each such individual is a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs.
Please note: a physician who practices as a sole proprietor under their medical license is still exempt from licensure as a terminal distributor of dangerous drugs.
To assist in the implementation of these new provisions, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has developed and recently updated its .