FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions that are not answered on this page please email the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.

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Legal Guidelines for the Format of Prescription Blanks

The Board of Pharmacy continues to receive numerous inquiries concerning legal guidelines for the format of prescription blanks in the State of Mississippi. In that regard, the Board offers the following:

  • Statutory Authority—Section 73-21-115 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated.
  • Regulatory Authority---ARTICLE X DRUG PRODUCT SELECTION, of the Pharmacy Practice Regulations of the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.

Both of the above can be accessed by clicking on the above hyperlinks or from the Board’s home page by clicking “Pharmacy Practice Act” and/or “Regulations”.

The requirements of a legal prescription blank are, that there shall be a signature line in the lower right-hand corner beneath which shall be imprinted the words “Substitution Permitted” and a signature line in the lower left corner beneath which shall be imprinted the words “Dispense as Written”.

All other inquiries such as pre-printed blanks, number of prescription orders per blank and the electronic transfer of a prescription order should be addressed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. They can be contacted by telephone at 601-987-3079 or by fax at 601-987- 4159. Their web address is www.msbml.state.ms.us.

Permit Holder Responsibilities

Pharmacy permit holders, as stated in Article VII of the Mississippi Pharmacy Practice Regulations, are required to notify the Board when they leave the permitted facility. If the employment of the permit holder is terminated, or if for any other reason he/she wishes to be relieved of the responsibilities of the permit holder, he/she must:

  1. Return the original permit to the Board with written notice that he/she is no longer the permit holder for the facility; and
  2. Send to the Board an inventory of any controlled substances on hand at the facility at the time of his/her termination as permit holder.

When the relinquishing permit holder cannot or does not comply with these inventory requirements, it shall be the responsibility of the new permit holder to send to the Board an inventory of any controlled substances on hand at the time he/she assumes responsibility as permit holder. Application for a new permit must be made to the Board within 10 days. ​

NAPLEX and MPJE

Students desiring to take the NAPLEX and/or MPJE can visit the NABP webpage at www.NABP.net to register for the exam(s).

Upon receipt of proof of graduation from candidate's school of pharmacy and proof of 1600 prelicensure hours certified by candidate's board of pharmacy, graduate will be marked eligible to take NAPLEX/MPJE. This is done electronically. After candidate has received his/her ATT (Authorization To Test) number, he/she may contact testing site to schedule an appointment to take exam(s). Please allow three (3) to seven (7) business days (from test date) in order for the board to receive test scores. Exam results will be posted on the board's website by ATT numbers. Please do not call the board office inquiring about results, NO INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED VERBALLY. ​

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​Pharmacists or prescribers can request a Patient PMP Report solely for the purpose of treatment. If you are no longer treating the patient, you are not authorized to request a MSPMP report.​

A prescriber/supervisor may have as many delegates as they are comfortable supervising in the appropriate use of MSPMP. A delegate may be a delegate for multiple prescribers/supervisors.

​Contact us at MSPMPASSIST@MBP.MS.GOV

​You are required to change your password every 90 days for security reasons.​

​When reporting buprenorphine prescribed for the purpose of treating addiction, report the “X” number. When reporting buprenorphine prescribed for the treatment of pain, report the regular DEA number.​

​No. All requests for PMP Reports must be submitted electronically via the MSPMP AWARxE website. The resulting report will available within seconds of the request.​

​MSPMP reports are not evidence and should not be presented in court. MSPMP was designed to be used as a tool for making informed pharmaceutical decisions by gathering controlled substance information.  ​

​Yes. Veterinary prescriptions must be reported.​

​Per ASAP standards, compounds are reported with an NDC of all 9's.​

​In some cases, the pharmacy corrects the information in the pharmacy system, but it is not resubmitted to the Clearinghouse.  In this case the pharmacy needs to contact their vendor to make sure the resubmission was sent to the Clearinghouse and the original incorrect prescription information is no longer in the Clearinghouse.​

​You have several options: 1. Expand the search criteria. Minimum search criteria are name, birth date, and zip code. Including the address or telephone number may get additional information from the database. Adding criteria will not reduce the amount of information the report collects. 2. Verify your search criteria. Check spelling of names and birthdate. 3. Call the pharmacy to see how they have spelled the patient’s name or entered the birthdate or zip code. Base your search criteria on that information. 4. Even though a prescription may have been submitted, if there was an error in the data the prescription is rejected. Errors are reported back to the dispensing pharmacy for correction and resubmission.  Please contact the MSPMP if these options do not help.​

​MSPMP accounts are designed for health care professionals who are actively working in a capacity where you prescribe, fill prescriptions, or are otherwise involved in primary treatment decisions in your practice of medicine or pharmacy.​

​Because MSPMP does not require a unique patient identifier, such as a driver’s license number or social security number, there are times when a name and date of birth may be identical.  The requestor can decide whether they are the same person and can pick and choose which report(s) to run. Those individuals come across for Admin to merge or leave independent. ​

​Pharmacies report the DEA number of the prescriber to MSPMP. Some of these are institutional DEA#s.  Call the dispensing pharmacy to determine the actual prescriber. They are required to maintain that information.​

Law enforcement officers are permitted to request PMP reports on a patient when the patient is the subject of an open complaint/investigation involving a drug crime. Law enforcement should NEVER ask a prescriber or pharmacist to run a PMP.  That report should be requested via a Law Enforcement Officer authorized to use the MSPMP.


Use the area code of the pharmacy then zeroes for the phone number. [E.g. in North Mississippi a pharmacist would use 6620000000] ​

​If the patient’s address is in Canada, enter the 2 letter Province code for the State code and the Canadian postal code. [e.g. Toronto is in the Province of Ontario so state = ON and one of the postal codes is M4J 4H3] If the patient’s address is in any other country, enter the two-letter country code from the IRS table and 99990 for the zip code. Country codes can be found here [e.g. Kuwait is KU and the zip code used will be 99990]​

​All prescriptions must be reported within 24 hours or next business day after being dispensed.​

​To protect the integrity of your MSPMP account, only the account owner may make a change to their information. When calling the MSPMP, we can only give information to the account holder, not to their office support staff or others. ​

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