Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 19.1

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-19.1-24

§ 5-19.1-24. Emergency prescription refill.

In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill, and the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense a one-time emergency refill of up to a seventy-two-hour (72) supply of the prescribed medication, provided that:

(1) The prescription is not for a drug in Schedule II appearing in chapter 28 of title 21;

(2) The medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy of a chronic condition;

(3) In the pharmacist’s professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might reasonably produce undesirable health consequences or may cause physical or mental discomfort; and

(4) The dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after the dispensing.

History of Section.
P.L. 2001, ch. 60, § 2; P.L. 2019, ch. 308, art. 1, § 8.