Distribution of drug samples — Written request — No fee or charge permitted — Possession of legend drugs or controlled substances by manufacturers' representatives.
(1) Drug samples may be distributed by a manufacturer or a manufacturer's representative only to practitioners legally authorized to prescribe such drugs or, at the request of such practitioner, to pharmacies of hospitals or other health care entities. The recipient of the drug sample must execute a written receipt upon delivery that is returned to the manufacturer or the manufacturer's representative.
(2) Drug samples may be distributed by a manufacturer or a manufacturer's representative only to a practitioner legally authorized to prescribe such drugs pursuant to a written request for such samples. The request shall contain:
(a) The recipient's name, address, and professional designation;
(b) The name, strength, and quantity of the drug samples delivered;
(c) The name or identification of the manufacturer and of the individual distributing the drug sample; and
(d) The dated signature of the practitioner requesting the drug sample.
(3) No fee or charge may be imposed for sample drugs distributed in this state.
(4) A manufacturer's representative shall not possess legend drugs or controlled substances other than those distributed by the manufacturer they represent. Nothing in this section prevents a manufacturer's representative from possessing a legally prescribed and dispensed legend drug or controlled substance.
[1989 c 164 § 2; 1987 c 411 § 5.]
| Legislative finding -- 1989 c 164: "The legislature finds that chapter 69.45 RCW is more restrictive than the federal prescription drug marketing act of 1987, and the legislature further finds that a change in chapter 69.45 RCW accepting the position of the federal law is beneficial to the citizens of this state." [1989 c 164 § 1.]|