As set forth by O.C.G.A.
the Board may provide in its rules and regulations the manner in which the
prescription department of a retail pharmacy may be secured. This requirement
will be met in the following manner:
Any retail pharmacy located in a general
merchandising establishment which does not have a prescription department set
aside and permanently enclosed with a partition from floor to ceiling as set
forth in O.C.G.A.
must submit to the Board in writing a request to approve its particular
security system accompanied by a detailed description of that security system.
This request must be made prior to a pharmacy receiving its retail pharmacy
(a) Any retail pharmacy located in a
general merchandising establishment which chooses to close its prescription
department for more than three (3) hours per day, and more than one and one
half (1 1/2) hours at any one time, MUST have its prescription department
permanently enclosed with a partition from floor to ceiling;
(b) Any retail pharmacy located in a general
merchandising establishment in which the prescription department is not
permanently enclosed and utilizes ONLY an electronic security system to
separate the prescription department from the rest of the business
establishment, MAY NOT close for more than three (3) hours per day, nor more
than one and one half (1 1/2) hours at any one time. Board approval of a
pharmacy's electronic security system, without the presence of a permanent
partition, does not exempt a pharmacy from this requirement.
(2) Each security system
description shall be reviewed and either approved or disapproved by the
(3) The Board shall notify
the pharmacy submitting the security description in writing as to whether or
not the Board approves or disapproves the system. In cases in which a system is
not approved, the Board may submit suggestions or reasons as to why the system
was not acceptable.
receiving a written approval of a security system, a pharmacy MUST maintain a
copy of the Board's approval letter, along with a copy of the security system
description, making both available in the pharmacy for inspection by the GDNA.
This requirement can be met by posting the approval letter with the last GDNA
(5) Any change
in a security system must first be approved in writing by the Board and a copy
of the approval maintained by the pharmacy.
(6) In the case of multiple retail pharmacies
being operated by a parent corporation, the parent corporation may submit a
request for a blanket approval of the same security system to be used by all
pharmacies operated by that corporation. A copy of the written Board approval
and the system description must be maintained at each pharmacy operated by the
corporation. Thereafter, any new pharmacy operated by that corporation may
utilize the same security system which was previously approved by the
Whenever a corporation
or business entity operates multiple pharmacies, each of which has a secured
prescription department, whether or not it is an electronically secured or
permanently enclosed area, the pharmacist in charge (PIC) shall develop a
method, approved by the Board, of allowing authorized access to that area. This
method may consist of a Board approved lockbox containing a key, security
access code, or other means by which security is maintained. Nothing in this
rule is meant to prevent the PIC from having the authority to limit access to
such area in regards to non-pharmacy related persons.
Before any such pharmacy can utilize a
method of such access, a description of this method, including details of any
lockbox to be utilized, must be submitted to the Board for approval.
1. A corporation or business entity may
choose to utilize the same method of access to secure a key or access code for
each pharmacy it operates in the State of Georgia by notifying the Board in
writing. A copy of the Board approved method must be attached to the last GDNA
inspection report. Any change in such method must be approved by the
approving or disapproving a method, the Board will notify the pharmacy of such
in writing. A copy of such approvals must be posted by the pharmacy with the
last GDNA inspection report. When a method is not approved, the Board may offer
suggestions as to what must be done before the method can be
pharmacies licensed on or after January 1, 2006 that utilize a drive-through
system for the delivery of drugs, or any currently licensed pharmacy that
relocates or has construction or modification of the pharmacy or pharmacy
department on or after January 1, 2006 that creates a drive-through or alters
an existing drive-through system for delivery of drugs, must submit the
construction and security plans for utilization of a pharmacy drive-through to
the Board before such construction or modification, and any such drive-through
must be approved by the Board and must meet the requirements set forth herein.
For purposes of this rule, a pharmacy drive-through is a delivery method by
which a patient, or their designated agent, hereafter referred to as "patient",
leaves a prescription to be filled or receives a filled prescription drug at
the licensed pharmacy location other than by physically being inside the
(a) Any Pharmacy Drive-Through must
include a window of transparent material, measuring no less than 2 X 3 feet.
The window must be placed in a wall of the prescription department or pharmacy.
A pharmacist must be able to observe the patient through the window, whether or
not the patient is in a drive-through lane directly next to the window or in a
drive-through lane which is one lane over from the window. There shall be no
more than two drive-through lanes with the lane farthest from the
pharmacy/prescription department drive-through window being no more than
twenty-four feet from the window.
Any Pharmacy Drive-Through that utilizes
a pneumatic tube system, through which prescription drug orders are received
from the patient or prescription drugs are dispensed to the patient, must meet
the following standards:
1. Secured carriers
must be utilized in the pneumatic tube system;
2. Tubes must be constructed in a manner as
to prevent access by unauthorized persons;
3. The tube must originate in the
prescription drug area of the pharmacy, be accessible only by a pharmacist or
personnel in the pharmacy and must terminate in a secure terminal in the
Access to the pneumatic tube system must be constructed in such a way as to
provide protection from the natural elements for the patient accessing the
(d) Any Pharmacy
Drive-Through must be inspected by a GDNA Special Agent prior to utilization.
Such Special Agent must file an inspection report with the Board with a
recommendation for approval or non-approval.
(9) All pharmacies licensed prior to January
1, 2006 that utilize drive-throughs that do not comply with subsection 8(a)
through (d) shall be grandfathered in.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled
"Security System Approval" adopted. F. Apr. 23,
1998; eff. May 13, 1998.
New Rule of same title adopted. F. Mar. 5,
2003; eff. Mar. 25, 2003.
F. Dec. 9, 2005; eff.
Dec. 29, 2005.