REPORTING TO K-TRACS

Pharmacies in the state of Kansas and those dispensing to Kansas patients from other locations must report to K-TRACS all schedule II, III and IV controlled substance prescriptions and drugs of concern that they dispense.

DRUGS OF CONCERN

Drugs of concern required to be reported to K-TRACS include:

  • Any product containing all three of these drugs: butalbital, acetaminophen and caffeine
  • Any compound, mixture or preparation that contains any detectable quantity of ephedrine, its salts or optical isomers, or salts of optical isomers, and is exempt from being reported to NPLEx
  • Any compound mixure or preparation that contains any detectable quantity of pseudoephedrine, its salts or optical isomers, or salt of opical isomers, and is exempt from being reported to NPLEx
  • Promethazine with codeine
  • Any product, compound, mixture or preparation that contains gabapentin

Source: KAR 68-21-7

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS & EXEMPTIONS

Pharmacies that dispense controlled substances and drugs of concern in an outpatient setting must report their prescription drug data to K-TRACS within 24 hours of the drugs being dispensed.

All pharmacies need to report controlled substances dispensed, even when it is infrequent (or occasional). Pharmacies can submit “zero-claim” reports for periods during which they have not dispensed any controlled substance prescriptions. Zero-claim reports must be made every 7 days.

Pharmacies that dispense veterinary prescriptions should submit the animal owner's information to K-TRACS, including name, date of birth and address. If you are uncomfortable with putting the owner’s first name, you may put the pet’s name, but all of the other information needs to reflect that of the owner of the animal that the script is being filled for.

EXEMPTIONS TO REPORTING

Pharmacies that meet the exemptions listed below but also still dispense controlled substances to outpatients must report to K-TRACS, but may exclude the prescriptions dispensed to patients that are in the exemption categories.

Pharmacies that are not required to report include:

  • Licensed hospital pharmacies that distribute prescription drugs for the purpose of inpatient hospital care
  • Medical care facilities defined by KSA 65-425
  • Registered wholesale distributors of scheduled substances and drugs of concern
  • Licensed veterinarians who don't dispense or prescribe scheduled substances or drugs of concern
  • Medical facilities that dispense an interim quantity of scheduled substances on an outpatient emergency basis that does not exceed a 48-hour supply.

Pharmacies that meet these qualifications can request an exemption for reporting from the Board of Pharmacy. A pharmacy or dispensing practitioner that never dispenses controlled substances is not required to report to K-TRACS and can notify the Board in writing that they will not be reporting. They can also use the form provided by the Board.

The administration of a drug does not have to be reported to K-TRACS. Only those drugs dispensed to the patient (i.e. given to the patient to take home for later use) must be reported to K-TRACS.

NON-RESIDENT PHARMACIES

Non-resident pharmacies should review their exemption waiver annually to ensure it aligns with their current controlled substance dispensing practices. If you begin dispensing controlled substances, please notify the Board of Pharmacy.