(1) A duly licensed manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler may sell or distribute controlled substances, other than samples, to any of the following persons:
(a) To a manufacturer, wholesaler, or pharmacy; (b) To a practitioner;

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 218A.170

  • Administer: means the direct application of a controlled substance, whether by injection, inhalation, ingestion, or any other means, to the body of a patient or research subject by: (a) A practitioner or by his or her authorized agent under his or her immediate supervision and pursuant to his or her order. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Dispense: means to deliver a controlled substance to an ultimate user or research subject by or pursuant to the lawful order of a practitioner, including the packaging, labeling, or compounding necessary to prepare the substance for that delivery. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Distribute: means to deliver other than by administering or dispensing a controlled substance. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Federal: refers to the United States. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • In-person: includes telehealth examinations. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Person: means individual, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Pharmacist: means a natural person licensed by this state to engage in the practice of the profession of pharmacy. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Practitioner: means a physician, dentist, podiatrist, veterinarian, scientific investigator, optometrist as authorized in KRS 320. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010
  • Prescription: means a written, electronic, or oral order for a drug or medicine, or combination or mixture of drugs or medicines, or proprietary preparation, signed or given or authorized by a medical, dental, chiropody, veterinarian, optometric practitioner, or advanced practice registered nurse, and intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals. See Kentucky Statutes 218A.010

(c) To the administrator in charge of a hospital, but only for use by or in that hospital;
(d) To a person in charge of a laboratory, but only for use in that laboratory for scientific and medical research purposes;
(e) To a person registered pursuant to the federal controlled substances laws. (2) A pharmacist may sell or distribute a controlled substance:
(a) Pursuant to a prescription that conforms to the requirements of this chapter; or
(b) To a person registered pursuant to the federal controlled substances laws. (3) A practitioner may:
(a) Administer, dispense, or prescribe a controlled substance only for a legitimate medical purpose and in the course of professional practice; or
(b) Distribute a controlled substance to a person registered pursuant to the federal controlled substance laws.
(4) All sales and distributions shall be in accordance with KRS 218A.200 and the federal controlled substances laws, including the requirements governing the use of order forms.
(5) Possession of or control of controlled substances obtained as authorized by this section shall be lawful if in the regular course of business, occupation, profession, employment, or duty of the possessor.
Effective: July 15, 1998
History: Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 301, sec. 23, effective July 15, 1998. — Created
1972 Ky. Acts ch. 226, sec. 18.