Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-16-.02 - Receipt of Prescription Drug Order by a Non-Pharmacy

(1) No person or entity other than an establishment licensed under O.C.G.A. 26-4 shall engage in the practice of accepting and receiving prescriptions and forwarding same to a drug store or pharmacy to be filled and returned to the forwarding agency, which, in turn, delivers the filled prescriptions to the patient or agent of the patient and collects the charge there
(2) It shall be illegal for any person or entity to attempt to or to eliminate the patient/pharmacist contact, and for any such person or entity to prevent a pharmacist from properly supervising and controlling the dispensing of prescription drugs. Such pharmacist-patient contact is essential to the proper practice of pharmacy care.
(a) It shall be deemed detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State of Georgia for any firm, partnership, corporation, or business, other than a Pharmacy licensed by the Board under O.C.G.A. 26-4, to accept or receive any prescription drug order;
(b) Such practice is prohibited, and any such practice taking place shall be discontinued immediately upon verbal or written notice of the Board or the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency.
(3) In order for a patient to authorize a licensed medical practitioner to hold, administer, or deliver the patient's prescription drug at his or her office location, and the drug was previously dispensed and delivered to the practitioner's office by a pharmacy, the patient must first provide the pharmacy with written authority to conduct such a delivery.

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Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-16-.02
O.C.G.A. Secs. 26-4-27, 26-4-28, 26-4-60, 26-4-80.
Original Rule entitled "Receipt of Prescription Drug Order by a Non-Pharmacy" adopted. F. Feb. 20, 2002; eff. Mar. 12, 2002. Amended: F. Dec. 14, 2012; eff. Jan. 3, 2013.

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