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Health and Safety Code - HSC


  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1407. )

CHAPTER 4. Prescriptions [11150 - 11209]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1407. )

ARTICLE 5. Pharmacists’ Records [11205 - 11209]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1407. )


The owner of a pharmacy or any person who purchases a controlled substance upon federal order forms as required pursuant to the provisions of the Federal “Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970,” (P.L. 91-513, 84 Stat. 1236), relating to the importation, exportation, manufacture, production, compounding, distribution, dispensing, and control of controlled substances, and who sells controlled substances obtained upon such federal order forms in response to prescriptions shall maintain and file such prescriptions in a separate file apart from noncontrolled substances prescriptions. Such files shall be preserved for a period of three years.

(Amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 896, Sec. 24.)


Filed prescriptions shall constitute a transaction record that, together with information that is readily retrievable in the pharmacy pursuant to Section 11164 shall show or include the following:

(a)  The name(s) and address of the patient(s).

(b)  The date.

(c)  The character, including the name and strength, quantity, and directions for use of the controlled substance involved.

(d)  The name, address, telephone number, category of professional licensure, and the federal controlled substance registration number of the prescriber.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 398, Sec. 5.)


(a) No person other than a pharmacist as defined in Section 4036 of the Business and Professions Code or an intern pharmacist, as defined in Section 4030 of the Business and Professions Code, who is under the personal supervision of a pharmacist, shall compound, prepare, fill or dispense a prescription for a controlled substance.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a pharmacy technician may perform those tasks permitted by Section 4115 of the Business and Professions Code when assisting a pharmacist dispensing a prescription for a controlled substance.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 695, Sec. 53. Effective January 1, 2005.)


In a prosecution under this division, proof that a defendant received or has had in his possession at any time a greater amount of controlled substances than is accounted for by any record required by law or that the amount of controlled substances possessed by the defendant is a lesser amount than is accounted for by any record required by law is prima facie evidence of guilt.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1407.)


(a)  No person shall deliver Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances to a pharmacy or pharmacy receiving area, nor shall any person receive controlled substances on behalf of a pharmacy unless, at the time of delivery, a pharmacist or authorized receiving personnel signs a receipt showing the type and quantity of the controlled substances received. Any discrepancy between the receipt and the type or quantity of controlled substances actually received shall be reported to the delivering wholesaler or manufacturer by the next business day after delivery to the pharmacy.

(b)  The delivery receipt and any record of discrepancy shall be maintained by the wholesaler or manufacturer for a period of three years.

(c)  A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

(d)  Nothing in this section shall require a common carrier to label a package containing controlled substances in a manner contrary to federal law or regulation.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 918, Sec. 6.)

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