It shall be unlawful, and a violation of
these rules, for any licensed pharmacist or pharmacy licensed under O.C.G.A.
26-4 to accept for refund purposes, or otherwise, any unused portion of a drug
which has been previously dispensed via a prescription drug order and delivered
to the patient or patient's caregiver, except where permitted under state
and/or federal law or regulation.
receipt is deemed detrimental to the public health due to the likelihood that
such drugs, once out of the control of the pharmacy, could have been tampered
with, been adulterated, or become contaminated with communicable diseases
and/or contagious diseases under the holder thereof;
(b) In addition, such receipt would tend to
create a health problem if placed in stock and could be reused by any licensed
pharmacist or pharmacy.
(2) Nothing in this Rule shall be meant to be
in conflict with Board Rule 480-10-. 17, which allow a pharmacy to receive
unused, manufacturer's unit-dose packaged drugs from a Medicaid patient
residing in a long term care facility.
(3) Nothing in this Rule shall prohibit an
authorized collector from collecting controlled substances for the purposes of
destruction as authorized in the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of
2010 ("Disposal Act"), any regulations promulgated thereunder, and Ga. Comp. R.
& Regs. c. 480-50.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
entitled "Return of Previously Dispensed Drugs or Devices" adopted. F.
Feb. 20, 2002; eff.
Mar. 12, 2002.
Amended: F. Jan. 20,
2016; eff. Feb. 9, 2016.