Electronic Prescribing Mandate for Controlled Substances and Exemption Form
Effective January 1, 2021, all controlled substance prescriptions MUST be given to a pharmacy by electronic prescribing ("e-prescribing"). There are certain exceptions to the e-prescribing mandate, and the Board of Pharmacy may exempt a practitioner from the e-prescribing mandate for 1 year, until December 31, 2021, based upon "economic hardship, technological limitations beyond the control of the practitioner or other exceptional circumstances." NRS 639.23535(1) and (2).
The new law is available at the following link.
PLEASE NOTE that the law provides that pharmacists are NOT required to verify that a controlled substance prescription submitted by a method other than e-prescribing meets one of the exceptions. NRS 639.23535(4).
In order to claim an exemption, practitioners must complete an exemption form provided by the Board and maintain a record of it. The exemption form is available at the following link.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the e-prescribing mandate are answered at the following link.
COVID-19 Response Efforts
The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy is committed to protecting the health and safety of Nevadans during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Board posted a document on its website that provides COVID-19 guidance and response efforts, including the issuance of waivers to assist licensees in addressing operational needs. This document will be updated regularly and can be accessed by visiting: COVID-19 Information
For more information on the state’s efforts to address coronavirus, visit www.nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.
Board Office Hours
In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy has closed its offices to the general public and will be operating with essential personnel only until further notice. Please be advised that it may take longer than usual to receive a response. If you need to contact the Board for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Mission Statement:
In regulating the practice of pharmacy, The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy has a duty to carry out and enforce the provisions of Nevada law to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The Reno Board Office has relocated to 985 Damonte Ranch Pkwy Ste 206, Reno, NV, 89521.
Certificates are being emailed as they are processed. We no longer mail physical certificates. If you renewed online you may log back into your dashboard to reprint your certificate. Below is a link to log into your dashboard.
Guidelines for the Safe Prescribing of a Controlled Substance for Pain
Current Nevada Law requires prescribers to obtain informed consent from patients regarding the potential risks of treatment using a controlled substance. On September 23, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment, issued Safety Recommendation I-14-1 that prescribers of controlled substances for pain:
[D]iscuss with patients the effect their medical condition and medication use may have on their ability to safely operate a vehicle in any mode of transportation.
Prescribing practitioners should conform to Safety Recommendation I-14-1 when issuing prescriptions for controlled substances to Nevada patients in accordance with the provisions of NRS 639.23507 and 639.2391 to 639.23916, inclusive, and all applicable regulations. See, e.g., NAC 630.187.
The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy is funded from license fees collected from our licensees. The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy does not receive funds from the State General Fund.