CHAPTER 244

FORMERLY HOUSE BILL NO. 216

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENTS NO. 3 AND 4

AN ACT TO AMEND SUBCHAPTER IV, CHAPTER 25, TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE LABELING OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRESCRIPTIONS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all the members elected to each House concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend present Section 2563, Subchapter IV, Chapter 25, Title 24 of the Delaware Code, by re-numbering said Section as new § 2564.

Section 2. Amend Subchapter IV, Chapter 25, Title 24 of the Delaware Code, by adding thereto a new Section, to be known and designated as Section 2563, which new Section shall read as follows:

§ 2563. Labeling of prescriptions

Any person prescribing any drug to be prepared by a pharmacist for the use of a patient or any third person must, as a part of the prescription, include directions describing the exact method by which the drug or medicine prescribed must be taken or administered. Blank prescriptions or prescriptions bearing the notation 'as directed' are prohibited.

Any pharmacist licensed within this State to dispense drugs or fill prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists or veterinarians shall affix to every container in which any drug is sold or dispensed a label containing the following information:

1. The prescription number;

2. The date such drugs were originally dispensed to the patient;

3. The patient's full name;

4. The brand or established name and the strength of the drug to the extend that it can be measured;

5. The physician's directions as found on the prescription;

6. The physician's name;

7. The name of the pharmacy.

Physicians who, for good reason, do not wish to reveal the name or strength of the drug prescribed to the patient shall so inform the pharmacist by a notation on the face of the prescription. However, physicians who sell or dispense drugs directly to patients shall label all such drugs in accordance with this Section.

Approved July 9, 1971.