2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
February 9, 2016 - Introduced by Senator Vukmir, cosponsored by Representatives
Thiesfeldt and Nygren. Referred to Committee on Health and Human
1An Act to renumber and amend
450.11 (5); and to repeal and recreate
(5) (title) of the statutes; relating to: prescription refills.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows a pharmacist to dispense prescribed drugs in quantities and fills
that vary from the quantities and fills specified in a prescribing practitioner's
prescription order, unless the prescriber specifies that adherence to the prescription
order is medically necessary.
Under current law, no prescription may be renewed except as designated on a
prescription order. This bill deletes this provision and instead provides that a
pharmacist may exercise his or her professional judgment to dispense varying
quantities of the prescribed drug per fill up to the total number of dosage units as
authorized by the prescriber in the original prescription including any refills, unless
the prescriber has specified in the prescription order that dispensing a prescribed
drug in an initial amount followed by periodic refills as specified in the prescription
order is medically necessary. The bill does not affect provisions in current law that
prohibit or limit refills of controlled substances.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
450.11 (5) (title) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
450.11 (5) of the statutes is renumbered 450.11 (5) (b) and amended 3
(b) No prescription may be renewed except as designated on the
An accurate record of renewal
dispensing shall be 6
maintained showing the date and amount.
No prescription may be renewed
unless the requirements of sub. (1) 8
and, if applicable, sub. (1m) have been met and written, oral,
or electronic 9
authorization has been given by the prescribing practitioner. Unless the prescribing
10practitioner has specified in the prescription order that dispensing a prescribed drug
11in an initial amount followed by periodic refills as specified in the prescription order
12is medically necessary, a pharmacist may exercise his or her professional judgment
13to dispense varying quantities of the prescribed drug per fill up to the total number
14of dosage units as authorized by the prescribing practitioner in the original
15prescription order including any refills.