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PDFWAC 246-945-030

Identification of legend drugs for purposes of chapter 69.41 RCW.

(1) Those drugs determined by the FDA to require a prescription under federal law should be classified as legend drugs under state law because their toxicity, potential for harmful effect, methods of use, or collateral measures necessary to their use indicate they are only safe for use under the supervision of a practitioner.
(2) The commission finds that under state law, legend drugs are those drugs designated as legend drugs under federal law, as of the date of adoption of this rule, and listed in at least one of the following publications:
(a) The 39th Edition, including supplements, of the Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations "Orange Book" (available at
(b) The 2019 version, including monthly updates, of the Approved Animal Drug Products "Green Book" (available at
(c) The 2019 List of Licensed Biological Products with Reference Product Exclusivity and Biosimilarity or Interchangeability Evaluations "Purple Book" (available at
(3) Copies of the reference material listed in subsection (2) of this section are available for public inspection at the commission's office at Department of Health, Town Center 2, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501.
(4) The commission also identifies those ephedrine products specified in WAC 246-945-031 as legend drugs under state law.
(5) There may be changes in the marketing status of drugs after the publication of the above references. Upon application of a manufacturer or distributor, the commission may grant authority for the over-the-counter distribution of certain drugs designated as legend drugs in these references. These determinations will be made after public hearing and will be published as an amendment to this chapter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005, 18.64.080, 18.130.075, 18.64.043, 18.64.044, 18.64.045, 18.64.046, 18.64.370, 18.64.460, 69.50.310, 18.64.011, 18.64.245, 18.64.470, 18.64.255, 18.64.205, 18.64.253, 18.64.410, 18.64.500, 18.64.590. WSR 20-12-072, ยง 246-945-030, filed 6/1/20, effective 7/1/20.]
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