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Legend drug means drugs that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that are required by federal or state law to be dispensed to the public only on prescription of a licensed physician or other licensed provider.
In the U.S., a legend drug can be a controlled substance (narcotic), or a non-narcotic drug authorized by veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, and medical practitioners. Basic-level registered nurses, medical assistants, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, emergency medical technicians, psychologists, and social workers do not have the authority to prescribe legend drugs. Legend drug is also called a prescription drug.