(225 ILCS 85/19)
(from Ch. 111, par. 4139)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to prohibit
a pharmacist licensed in this State from filling or refilling a valid
prescription for prescription drugs which is on file in a pharmacy licensed in
any state and has been transferred from one pharmacy to another by any means,
including by way of electronic data processing equipment upon the following
conditions and exceptions:
(1) Prior to dispensing pursuant to any such prescription, the dispensing
(a) Advise the patient that the prescription on file
at such other pharmacy must be canceled before he or she will be able to fill or refill it.
(b) Determine that the prescription is valid and on
file at such other pharmacy and that such prescription may be filled or refilled, as requested, in accordance with the prescriber's intent expressed on such prescription.
(c) Notify the pharmacy where the prescription is on
file that the prescription must be canceled.
(d) Record in writing the prescription order, the
name of the pharmacy at which the prescription was on file, the prescription number, the name of the drug and the original amount dispensed, the date of original dispensing, and the number of remaining authorized refills.
(e) Obtain the consent of the prescriber to the
refilling of the prescription when the prescription, in the professional judgment of the dispensing pharmacist, so requires.
(2) Upon receipt of a request for prescription information set forth
in subparagraph (d) of paragraph (1) of this Section, if the requested
pharmacist is satisfied in his professional judgment that such request
is valid and legal, the requested pharmacist shall:
(a) Provide such information accurately and
(b) Record electronically or, if in writing, on the
face of the prescription, the name of the requesting pharmacy and pharmacist and the date of request.
(c) Cancel the prescription on file by writing the
word "void" on its face or the electronic equivalent, if not in written format. No further prescription information shall be given or medication dispensed pursuant to such original prescription.
(3) In the event that, after the information set forth in subparagraph
(d) of paragraph (1) of this Section has been provided, a prescription
is not dispensed by the requesting pharmacist, then such pharmacist
shall provide notice of this fact to the pharmacy from which such information
was obtained; such notice shall then cancel the prescription in the
same manner as set forth in subparagraph (c) of paragraph (2) of this
(4) When filling or refilling a valid prescription on file in another
state, the dispensing pharmacist shall be required to follow all the
requirements of Illinois law which apply to the dispensing of prescription
drugs. If anything in Illinois law prevents the filling or refilling of
the original prescription it shall be unlawful to dispense pursuant to this
(5) Prescriptions for drugs in Schedules III, IV, and V of the Illinois
Controlled Substances Act may be transferred only once and may not be further
transferred. However, pharmacies electronically sharing a real-time, online database may transfer up to the maximum refills permitted by the law and the prescriber's authorization.
(Source: P.A. 95-689, eff. 10-29-07.)