2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
December 20, 2011 - Introduced by Representative Stone, cosponsored by Senator
Vukmir. Referred to Committee on Health.
1An Act to amend
450.11 (2), 961.38 (1r) and 961.38 (2) of the statutes; relating
2to: electronic prescriptions for schedule II controlled substances.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, controlled substances are divided into five separate
schedules, depending on the substance's potential for abuse, whether the substance
has a currently accepted and safe medical use, and whether and to what degree the
substance leads to physical or psychological dependence. Schedule II substances are
those that have a high potential for abuse and may lead to severe physical or
psychological dependence, but also have a currently accepted medical use.
Under current law, a drug that is a schedule II substance may be dispensed to
a person directly by a practitioner or by a pharmacy with a written prescription by
the practitioner or, in the case of an emergency, by a pharmacist who receives an oral
or electronic prescription by the practitioner that is promptly reduced to writing and
filed by the pharmacist.
Under this bill, a drug that is a schedule II substance may be dispensed by a
pharmacy with an electronic prescription by the practitioner in cases that are not
emergencies and without the requirement that the prescription be reduced to
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB440, s. 1
450.11 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
450.11 (2) Prescription order file.
Every prescription order shall be filed in 3
a suitable book or file and preserved for at least 5 years. Subject to s. 961.38 (2),
orders transmitted electronically may be filed and 5
preserved in electronic format.
AB440, s. 2
961.38 (1r) of the statutes is amended to read:
Except when dispensed directly by a practitioner, other than a 8
pharmacy, to an ultimate user, no controlled substance included in schedule II may 9
be dispensed without the written or electronic
prescription of a practitioner.
AB440, s. 3
961.38 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
In emergency situations, as defined by rule of the pharmacy 12
examining board, schedule II drugs may be dispensed upon an
oral or electronic 13
prescription of a practitioner, reduced promptly to writing and filed by the pharmacy. 14
Prescriptions shall be retained in conformity with rules of the pharmacy examining 15
board promulgated under s. 961.31. No prescription for a schedule II substance may 16