Question of the Week

QUESTION:        I heard that the Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule on partial fills of opioid prescriptions.  Can you give me a brief overview of the change?

ANSWER:          Yes.  The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has issued a final rule designed to improve tracking of transactions involving Schedule II drugs.  Briefly stated, this change requires certain covered entities to report “quantity prescribed” data for transactions involving Schedule II drugs.  The data will track whether the prescription was partially filled (which is legal under some circumstances) or refilled (which can potentially be a violation of the Controlled Substances Act).

If your organization is covered by HIPAA and has a retail pharmacy that dispenses Schedule II drugs, you should check to see whether this law may have an impact on your workflows and recordkeeping.  The final rule is available here.