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Maryland Code, Criminal Law § 5-701

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<Section effective until Jan. 1, 2022.  See, also, section 5-701 effective Jan. 1, 2022.>

(a) Sections 5-701 through 5-704 of this subtitle apply to:

(1) the sale of prescription drugs by a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, retail pharmacist, or jobber to a person not legally qualified or authorized to purchase and hold prescription drugs for use or resale;  and

(2) an authorized provider's assistant who is not licensed to administer prescription drugs.

(b) A person may not dispense a prescription drug except:

(1) on an authorized provider's:

(i) written prescription;  or

(ii) oral prescription that the pharmacist reduces to writing and files;  or

(2) by refilling a written or oral prescription that is authorized:

(i) by the authorized provider in the original prescription;  or

(ii) by oral direction that the pharmacist reduces to writing and files.

(c) A person may not dispense a prescription drug by filling or refilling a written or oral prescription of an authorized provider unless the drug bears a label that, in addition to any requirements of the Department or federal law, contains:

(1) the name and address of the dispenser;

(2) the serial number and date of the prescription;

(3) the name of the authorized provider;  and

(4) if stated in the prescription, the name and address of the patient and the directions for use.

(d) Except as otherwise provided under this title, a person may not:

(1) manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute a prescription drug;

(2) affix a false or counterfeit label to a package, container, or other receptacle containing a prescription drug;

(3) omit, remove, alter, or obliterate a label or symbol that is required by federal, State, or local law on a prescription drug;  or

(4) obtain or attempt to obtain a prescription drug by:

(i) fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;

(ii) the counterfeiting or altering of a prescription or written order;

(iii) concealing a material fact;

(iv) using a false name or address;

(v) falsely assuming the title of or falsely representing that the person is a manufacturer, distributor, or authorized provider;  or

(vi) making or issuing a false or counterfeit prescription or written order.

(e) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.

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