Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-18-.02 - Licensure and Registration

(1) All opioid treatment program (OTP) clinics must have an on-site pharmacy. All such pharmacies shall obtain a license by registering with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy (Board). Such license shall be renewed biennially with the Board. Before a Board license can be issued, an opioid treatment program clinic must meet all the requirements for licensure and registration as provided by both state and federal law and all Board rules.
(2) Licensure and Applications. Certificates of registration or licensure shall be issued only to those opioid treatment program clinic pharmacies who meet the following requirements:
(a) Submission of an application with the following information:
1. The name, full business address, and telephone number of the licensee;
2. All trade or business names used by the licensee;
3. Address, telephone number, and the name of the Director of Pharmacy
4. The type of ownership or operation (i.e., partnership, corporation, or sole proprietorship); and
5. The name(s) of the owner and/or operator of the licensee, including:
(i) If a person, the name of the person;
(ii) If a partnership, the name of the partnership and the name of each partner;
(iii) If a sole proprietorship, the full name of the sole proprietorship and the name of the business entity; or
(iv) If a corporation, the corporate name, the name and title of each corporate officer and director, the state of incorporation; and the name of the parent company, if any.
(v) If operations are conducted at more than one location by a single opioid treatment program clinic pharmacy, each such location shall be licensed by the Board.
(3) Payment of an application fee. Application fees shall not be refundable.
(4) Applicant must file a report from the Director of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency (GDNA) certifying the applicant possesses the necessary qualifications for a license.
(5) Licenses become null and void upon the sale, transfer or change of mode of operation or location of the pharmacy.
(6) Licenses are required to be renewed June 30th of each odd numbered year and may be renewed upon the payment of the required fee for each pharmacy and the filing of an application for renewal. Said renewal is for a two year period. If the application for renewal is not filed with the Board and the fee paid before September 1st, of the odd numbered year, the license shall lapse and shall not be renewed. An application for reinstatement shall be required. Reinstatement shall be at the sole discretion of the Board.
(7) Changes in any licensee information pertaining to this rule shall be submitted in writing to the Board prior to such change.
(8) The Board will consider the following factors in determining eligibility for licensure of applicants in charge of the facility who are applying for an opioid treatment program clinic pharmacy license:
(a) Convictions of the applicant under any Federal, State, or local laws relating to wholesale or illegal distribution of dangerous drugs or controlled substances;
(b) Any felony convictions of the applicant under Federal, State, or local laws;
(c) The furnishing by the applicant of false or fraudulent material in any application made in connection with drug manufacturing or distribution;
(d) Suspension or revocation by Federal, State, or local government of any pharmacist, pharmacy or other health care license currently or previously held by the applicant;
(e) Compliance with licensing requirements under previously granted licenses, if any;
(f) Compliance with requirements to maintain and/or make available to the State Licensing Authority or to Federal, State, or local law enforcement officials, those records required to be maintained by the opioid treatment program clinic pharmacies; and
(g) Other factors or qualifications the Board considers relevant to and consistent with the public health, safety and welfare.
(9) The Board reserves the right to deny a license to an applicant if it determines that the granting of such a license would not be in the best interest of the public.
(10) The pharmacist's wall certificate issued by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy (Board), along with the current renewal license of each full-time pharmacist, employed at the pharmacy, shall be displayed in a conspicuous place, near the prescription department where such pharmacist is actively engaged in the practice of pharmacy.
(a) While employed in a pharmacy on a full-time basis, if a pharmacist has not yet received his/her Board issued pharmacist wall certificate, in its place such pharmacist shall post a copy of his/her current Board issued pocket license card;
(b) Any pharmacist employed on a part-time basis at a pharmacy shall post a copy of his/her current Board issued pocket license instead of posting his/her pharmacist wall certificate; and
(c) Any pharmacist employed as a relief or "prn" pharmacist need not post any type of Board issued license, but such pharmacist must maintain and present upon request his/her current Board issued pocket license.
(11) Any letter(s) from the Board which have granted a licensee any exception(s) and/or exemption(s) from this, or any other rule, must be posted and/or displayed next to the current Board of Pharmacy permit; and
(12) No pharmacist or intern/extern shall display his/ her license in any pharmacy where he or she is not employed or engaged in the practice of pharmacy, and shall not knowingly permit any other person to use his or her license for the purpose of misleading anyone to believe that such person is the holder or recipient of said license or intern certificate.

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Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-18-.02
O.C.G.A. ยงยง 16-13-34, 16-13-35, 16-13-37, 26-4-5, 26-4-20, 26-4-27, 26-4-28, 26-4-60, 26-4-110, 26-4-111, 26-4-113, 43-1-19.
Original Rule was filed as an Emergency Rule on October 1, 1974; effective for 120 days, or until the adoption of a permanent Rule covering the same subject matter superseding said Emergency Rule. Amended: Permanent Rule filed November 13, 1974; effective December 3, 1974. Amended: Filed September 3, 1975; effective September 23, 1975. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Licensure and Registration" adopted. F. Feb. 25, 2002; eff. Mar. 17, 2002. Amended: F. June 29, 2015; eff. July 19, 2015.

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