Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-13-.10 - Inspections

(1) Monthly. The Director of Pharmacy shall no less than once per month, personally or by qualified designee, inspect all matters within his/her jurisdiction and responsibility and make appropriate written records of such inspections. Such inspections shall, at a minimum, verify that:
(a) Drugs are dispensed only by licensed pharmacists or licensed pharmacy interns acting under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist;
(b) Non-licensed pharmacy personnel are properly directed and supervised;
(c) Drugs for external use are stored separately, and apart from drugs for internal use or injection;
(d) Drugs requiring special storage conditions to insure their stability are properly stored;
(e) No outdated drugs are stocked in the hospital pharmacy or the facility it serves;
(f) Distribution and administration of controlled substances are properly and adequately documented and reported by both pharmacy and other licensed medical personnel;
(g) Standard ward inventory (floor stock). Verification of standard ward inventory lists and accountability, including such updating, if applicable, are maintained;
(h) All necessary and required security and storage standards are met;
(i) Metric-apothecaries' weight and measure conversion tables and charts are available;
(j) All policies and procedures of the Director of Pharmacy and of appropriate committees of the hospital relevant to the pharmacy are followed;
(k) All discounted and out-dated medications are returned to the pharmacy for proper disposition; and
(l) Disinfectants and other similar supplies intended for external use are stored separately and apart from drugs intended for internal (oral) or parenteral use.
(2) Board Inspection. The Board of Pharmacy inspections shall be conducted by representatives of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency (GDNA) no less than once every two (2) years. Such inspections shall include all aspects of the management and operation of all hospital pharmacies in this State to verify compliance with the Pharmacy Laws, the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Pharmacy, and such other standards as may be appropriate to insure that the health, safety and welfare of patients of the hospital serviced by the pharmacy are protected. A written report shall be filed with the GDNA, the Director of Pharmacy, and the hospital administrator. Any discrepancies or deficiencies noted shall be corrected within a reasonable time. Written notice of such corrections shall be filed with the GDNA within thirty (30) days after receipt of the inspection notice.
(a) The Director of Pharmacy of each hospital pharmacy shall obtain a copy of the current Board permit of every drug wholesaler and/or reverse distributor from which controlled substances and/or dangerous drugs are purchased and/or returned. Such copies shall be made available during the GDNA's inspection.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-13-.10
O.C.G.A. Secs. 26-4-27, 26-4-28, 26-4-110.
Original Rule entitled "Inspection" adopted. F. Jan. 24, 1977; eff. Feb. 13, 1977. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. May 5, 1980; eff. May 25, 1980. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Inspections" adopted. F. July 24, 2002; eff. August 13, 2002.

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