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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