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Prescribers

The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency has created this source to assist prescribers with obtaining the laws, rules, and regulations for prescribing and dispensing prescription medications. The information provided here is not all encompassing and is not intended to serve as legal advice. Prescribers are encouraged to contact other governing agencies such as The Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners and The Drug Enforcement Agency. These websites are on our links page. Prescribers are also encouraged to seek professional legal advice when they feel it is appropriate.

Tips for Georgia Physicians

1. Stamped signatures are not valid for any prescription issued in the State of Georgia. (Georgia Pharmacy Practice Act O.C.G.A 26-4-80(i))

2. All prescriptions must be issued for a specific patient. (O.C.G.A. 16-13-74 and 16-13-41). Prescriptions issued for “office use” are not valid.

3. The Georgia Medical Board declares it unprofessional conduct for practitioners to write/authorize controlled substance prescriptions for personal use or immediate family members, including spouse, children, siblings, parents. Documented emergencies may be allowed. (Georgia Medical Board Rule 360-03-.02)

4. Practitioners may not issue pre-sign prescriptions to anyone. This includes physicians pre-signing prescriptions for physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. (Georgia Controlled Substance Act O.C.G.A 16-13-41)

5. Practitioners may not post-date prescriptions. All prescriptions must be dated with the date issued (Georgia Controlled Substance Act O.C.G.A 16-13-41). Prescriptions may be written with a “Do not fill until dd/mm/year”.

6. Practitioners may not authorize anyone to utilize his/her DEA registration number. All prescribers must have and use his/her own unique DEA registration number to authorize controlled substance prescriptions. This includes but is not limited to physicians, physician’s assistants, and nurse practitioners.

7. Only a licensed veterinarian (DVM) may authorize prescription medications for animals. (Georgia Veterinary Practice Act O.C.G.A 40-5-3)

8. Physicians may not prescribe controlled substance medications for known drug addicts.

9. Dispensing physicians (samples excluded) must adhere to specific Georgia laws, rules, and regulations. (See O.C.G.A 26-4-40, 26-4-130, and Georgia Pharmacy Board Rules 480-28)

10. Practitioners must keep accurate records for all patients. All controlled substances must be kept in a patient’s chart.

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