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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 8. Business and Professions
- Chapter 72. Optometrists
- Section 272. Pharmaceutical Agents.
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AS 08.72.272. Pharmaceutical Agents.
- (a) A licensee with an endorsement issued under AS 08.72.175 may prescribe and use a pharmaceutical agent, including a controlled substance, in the practice of optometry if
- (1) the pharmaceutical agent
- (A) is prescribed and used for the treatment of ocular disease or conditions, ocular adnexal disease or conditions, or emergency anaphylaxis;
- (B) is not a schedule IA, IIA, or VIA controlled substance;
- (C) is prescribed in a quantity that does not exceed four days of prescribed use if it is a controlled substance;
- (D) is not injected, unless the injection is for emergency anaphylaxis and is not injected into the ocular globe of the eye; and
- (E) is not a derivative of clostridium botulinum; and
- (2) the licensee
- (A) has a physician-patient relationship, as defined by the board in regulations adopted under this chapter, with the person to whom the pharmaceutical agent is prescribed; and
- (B) has on file with the department the licensee's current federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration number that is valid for the controlled substance prescribed or used.
- (b) A licensee may not purchase, possess, prescribe, or use a pharmaceutical agent unless the licensee has obtained the appropriate license endorsement under AS 08.72.175 .
- (c) A licensee may use a pharmaceutical agent in the practice of optometry if
- (1) the pharmaceutical agent is a drug topically applied to the human eye and its appendages; and
- (2) the person holds a license endorsement issued by the board under AS 08.72.175
(c) authorizing the use of the pharmaceutical agent under this subsection.
- (d) In this section, "controlled substance" has the meaning given in AS 11.71.900.
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