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49 Pa. Code § 23.72. Prescriptions.

§ 23.72. Prescriptions.

 (a)  Optometric prescriptions shall bear:

   (1)  The name, address, telephone number, facsimile telephone number and license number of the optometrist.

   (2)  The name of the patient.

   (3)  The date the prescription is issued by the licensed practitioner.

   (4)  The expiration date.

 (b)  Contact lens prescriptions shall specify the lens type, the specifications necessary for the ordering and fabrication of the lenses, number of refills and expiration date consistent with the type and modality of use of the contact lens being prescribed, but the expiration date may not be greater than 1 year. The prescription may include a statement of caution if the statement is supported by appropriate findings and documented in the patient’s medical record.

 (c)  Pharmaceutical prescriptions shall specify the name of the drug prescribed, quantity and potency prescribed, expiration date, number of refills allowed, instructions for use and any indicated precautionary statements.

 (d)  Spectacle prescriptions shall specify any information that would be relevant to manufacturing glasses including the dioptic value of the sphere, astigmatism, prism, slab off, add power and axis or orientation of the astigmatism correction. The expiration date of a spectacle prescription may not be greater than 2 years.


   The provisions of this §  23.72 issued under section 3(a)(2.1) and (3) and (b)(9) and (14) of the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act (63 P.S. §  244.3(a)(2.1) and (3) and (b)(9) and (14)).


   The provisions of this §  23.72 adopted June 3, 2005, effective June 4, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 3220.

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