California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 11158

(a) Except as provided in Section 11159 or in subdivision (b) of this section, no controlled substance classified in Schedule II shall be dispensed without a prescription meeting the requirements of this chapter.  Except as provided in Section 11159 or when dispensed directly to an ultimate user by a practitioner, other than a pharmacist or pharmacy, no controlled substance classified in Schedule III, IV, or V may be dispensed without a prescription meeting the requirements of this chapter.

(b) A practitioner specified in Section 11150 may dispense directly to an ultimate user a controlled substance classified in Schedule II in an amount not to exceed a 72-hour supply for the patient in accordance with directions for use given by the dispensing practitioner only where the patient is not expected to require any additional amount of the controlled substance beyond the 72 hours.  Practitioners dispensing drugs pursuant to this subdivision shall meet the requirements of subdivision (f) of Section 11164 .

(c) Except as otherwise prohibited or limited by law, a practitioner specified in Section 11150 , may administer controlled substances in the regular practice of his or her profession.


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