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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1. Administrative Director--Administrative Rules
Article 5.5.2. Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule

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§ 9792.27.7. MTUS Drug Formulary - Brand Name Drugs; Generic Drugs.

If a physician prescribes a brand name drug when a less costly therapeutically equivalent generic drug exists, and writes “Do Not Substitute” or “Dispense as Written” on the prescription in conformity with Business and Professions Code section 4073, the physician must document the medical necessity for prescribing the brand name drug in the patient's medical chart and in the Doctor's First Report of Injury (Form 5021) or Progress Report (PR-2.) The documentation must include the patient-specific factors that support the physician's determination that the brand name drug is medically necessary. The physician must submit a Request for Authorization and obtain authorization through prospective review before the brand name drug is dispensed.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 4603.5, 5307.3 and 5307.27, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4600, 4604.5 and 5307.27, Labor Code.
1. New section filed 12-7-2017; operative 1-1-2018 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2017, No. 49).

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