RULE 070.00.95-005 - Reg. 51 - Qualified Pharmacy Employees (QPE)

RULE 070.00.95-005. Reg. 51 - Qualified Pharmacy Employees (QPE)

51. QUALIFIED PHARMACY EMPLOYEES (Q.P.E.)

A. Qualifications:

(1) A high school graduate or a recognized graduate equivalency degree (G.E.D.).

(2) Of good moral character and temperate habits

(3) If the Q.P.E. has a past record of alcohol or drug addiction or past record of violation of any law related to controlled substances, employment must be prior approved by the Board of Pharmacy.

B. Supervision:

Supervision means that the responsible pharmacist must be physically present to observe, direct, and supervise the Q.P.E. at all times when the Q.P.E. performs acts specified in this regulations.

The supervising pharmacist is totally and absolutely responsible for the actions of the Q.P.E.

The supervising pharmacist shall assure that the Q.P.E. maintains confidentiality of all patient records.

C. Q.P.E. may assist the pharmacist in performing the following specific tasks. If the Q.P.E. performs any other task that is defined as the practice of pharmacy, it will be considered a violation.

Approved Q.P.E. tasks:

(1) Placing, packing, pouring, or putting in a container for dispensing, sale, distribution, transfer possession of, vending, or barter any drug, medicine, poison, or chemical which, under the laws of the United States or the State of Arkansas, may be sold or dispensed only on the prescription of a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe drugs, medicines, poisons, or chemicals. This shall also include the adding of water for reconstitution of oral antibiotic liquids.

(2) Placing in or affixing upon any container described in Section C-1 of this Regulation a label required to be placed upon drugs, medicines, poisons, or chemicals sold or dispensed upon prescription of a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe those drugs, medicines, poisons, or chemicals.

(3) Selecting, taking from, and replacing upon shelves in the prescription department of a pharmacy or apothecary drugs, medicines, chemicals, or poisons which are required by the law of the United States or the State of Arkansas to be sold or dispensed only on prescription of a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe them.

(4) In a manual system - preparing, typing, or affixing labels to be placed or affixed on any container described in ACA ยง 17-91-101(14)(A), which a label is required to be placed upon drugs, medicines, poisons, or chemicals sold or dispensed upon prescription of a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe those drugs, medicines, poisons, or chemicals.

In a computer system - a Q.P.E. may enter information into the pharmacy computer. The Q.P.E. shall not make any judgement decisions which could affect patient care. The final verification of prescription information, entered into the computer, shall be made by the supervising pharmacist who is then totally responsible for all aspects of the data and data entry.

(5) A Q.P.E. may obtain prescriber authorization for prescription refills provided that nothing about the prescription is changed.

D. A pharmacy which utilizes a Q.P.E. to enter information into the pharmacy computer must develop and keep, on file at the pharmacy, written policy and procedures which describe the procedures by which the supervising pharmacist verifies the accuracy, validity, and appropriateness of the filled prescription or medication order.

E. Pharmacist to Q.P.E. ratio:

(1) A pharmacy, with one pharmacist on duty, may utilize two Q.P.E.'s to assist the pharmacist. Beyond two, the maximum number of assistants at any given time is limited to a number equal to the number of pharmacists on duty in the pharmacy at that specific time with a limit of four (4) Q.P.E.'s.

(2) While supervising one or two Q.P.E.'s the pharmacist shall not also supervise more than one student intern. A Graduate intern will not affect the ratio. (10/07/91 and 10/13/95)

(11/9/1995)

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