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Law Number

Tenn. Code Ann. 63-10-207

Summary Title

Pharmacist Can Dispense Medication without Authorization in Some Circumstances


A pharmacist who, in good faith, believes failing to dispense a medication for a patient would result in endangering the patient’s health, safety, or welfare can dispense a refill of up to 72 hours’ worth of the medication without authorization. The pharmacist cannot dispense a controlled substance without authorization.

Full Title

Dispensing of medication prior to authorization

Full Text

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a pharmacist may, in good faith, dispense to a patient without proper authorization the number of dosages of a prescription drug necessary to allow such patient to secure such authorization from such patient's prescriber, not to exceed a seventy-two-hour supply, if: (1) The patient offers satisfactory evidence to the pharmacist that the prescriber has placed the patient on a maintenance medication and that such patient is without valid refills or for some valid reason cannot obtain proper authorization; and (2) In the judgment of the pharmacist, the health, safety and welfare of the patient would otherwise be endangered. (b) This section shall not be construed to authorize dispensing of controlled substance medication without proper authorization. (c) If proper authorization cannot be obtained during the seventy-two-hour period, then the pharmacist may dispense the number of dosages necessary for one (1) additional consecutive seventy-two-hour period in accordance with the requirements of this section.