§16-5W-3. Definitions.
As used in this article:

(1) "Board" means the Board of Pharmacy established in article five, chapter thirty of this code.

(2) "Dispenser" means a person authorized in this state to distribute to the ultimate user a substance monitored by the prescription monitoring program, but does not include:

(A) A licensed hospital pharmacy that distributes such substances for the purposes of inpatient hospital care or the dispensing of prescriptions for controlled substances at the time of discharge from such a facility; or

(B) A licensed health care provider who administers such a substance at the direction of a licensed physician.

(3) "Prescriber" means an individual currently licensed and authorized by this state to prescribe and administer prescription drugs in the course of their professional practice. These include, but are not limited to, allopathic and osteopathic physicians, physician assistance, optometrists, podiatrists and nurse practitioners as allowed by law.

(4) "West Virginia Official Prescription Program" means the program established under section four of this article.

(5) "Program Vendor" means the private contractor or contractors selected to manage the production and delivery of official state prescription paper.

(6) "West Virginia Official Prescription" means prescription paper, which has been authorized by the state for use, and meets the following criteria:

(A) Prevention of unauthorized copying;

(B) Prevention of erasure or modification;

(C) An ability to prevent counterfeit prescription pads; and

(D) Capable of supporting automated validation through pharmacy claims processing systems using the official state prescription control number.