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Patients

In 2018, Florida passed Chapter 2018-13, Laws of Florida, regarding controlled substances, that changed long standing practices on prescribing and dispensing an opioid drug for acute pain.

If you have any questions regarding your prescription, please consult your prescribing practitioner for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

a. Under the law (Chapter 2018-13, Laws of Florida), most opioid prescriptions for acute pain have been limited to a 3 – day supply
b. Under special circumstances identified by your practitioner, a prescription can be increased to a 7 – day supply

The availability of an opioid drug for more than 3 or 7 days is determined by whether your condition is one that is considered non-acute pain.

Allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists, podiatrists, certified optometrists, ARNPs, and PAs are prescribing practitioners.

The standards for prescribing medication for chronic non-malignant pain or cancer have not changed.

Before dispensing an opioid drug to a person the pharmacist does not know, the pharmacist must require the person purchasing, receiving, or otherwise acquiring the drug to present valid photographic identification or other verification of his or her identity.

An identification that is issued by a state or the Federal Government containing the person's photograph, printed name, and signature, or a document considered acceptable under 8 C.F.R. s. 274a.2(b)(1)(v)(A) and (B).

If the person does not have proper identification, the pharmacist may verify the validity of the prescription and the identity of the patient with the prescriber or his or her authorized agent.