I'm posing this as a question to all you wonderful pharmacy professionals out there:
What exactly is a pharmacist allowed to change on a CII prescription without having to obtain a new hard copy?
I used to know that pretty much the only things that had to be 100% correct were the patient's name, the name of the medication being prescribed, and the prescribers signature. Otherwise, a pharmacist, after obtaining clarification from the office, could change the date written, quantity prescribed, and directions.
A few months ago, one of our pharmacists told me that apparently the DEA made new, stricter guidelines regarding what could and could not be changed on a CII prescription. It was part of that notice about post-dating prescriptions. I read the notice several times, and I couldn't figure out where it said the requirements about what changes a pharmacist could make had changed. However, the pharmacist who told me was so adamantly sure that it's making me question myself.
I still adhere by the old rules, which made a lot of sense to me. A couple other pharmacists on staff now want to obtain a new hard copy for any change, which I think is stupid even if it is, infact, correct.
I've looked all over the net for some kind of confirmation about this but have been unable to find it. Could someone please enlighten me to the actual law and provide me a link to an official looking web page that states it? I would greatly appreciate it.