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What rules must medical providers follow when prescribing drugs?

Criminal law is complicated. Matters get further complicated when certain laws apply to only specific kinds of people. For example, doctors and others who fill medical prescriptions in Tennessee are to work according to strict laws of prescribing. 

If your job includes the regular responsibility of prescribing drugs, you probably understand the laws that apply to you. For those with any doubts or who lack a basic knowledge about prescription drug rules, the following are some important Tennessee regulations.

What is the Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2016?

Those who work in positions involving the prescribing of drugs, including pharmacy workers are required to use a prescription drug database in order to track activity involving schedule II, III, IV and V drugs. Regulations regarding the tracking of such substances are aimed at reducing the abuse and illegal sales of certain types of prescription drugs. 

Using the drug-monitoring database starts with the requirement for practitioners to register within the system. This has been a requirement since 2013. A delegate who works with a practitioner may also use the system in place of the primary registrant. 

Simply put, if a provider is to prescribe an opiate or benzodiazepine to a patient and they have never prescribed this drug to the patient before or within the last 12 months, they must refer to the database. Also, the registrants of the database (doctors, nurses, pharmacies, etc.,) must check into the database every day to report the schedule II-V drugs they have prescribed. 

Prescription drug laws and regulations related to the database change over the years. Tennessee regulators' overarching hope is that these regulations will reduce the abuse and illegal sales of prescription drugs. If you have gotten caught up in the complexity of these regulations and are worried about your future and rights, don't wait to talk to a criminal defense attorney.


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