Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-27-.07 - Dangerous Prescription Drug Order Transfer

A pharmacy utilizing an automated electronic data processing system must satisfy all the information requirements as that used in a manual mode when transferring an original dangerous drug prescription drug order. The transfer of original prescription drug information for the purpose of refill dispensing is permissible between pharmacies subject to the following requirements:

(a) The prescription drug order is transmitted directly to the pharmacy of the patient's choice.
(b) The transfer is communicated directly between licensed pharmacists or licensed interns or externs under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and the transferring pharmacist or intern or extern records the following information:
1. The word "VOID" is written on the face of the invalidated prescription drug order, and/or indicate in the pharmacy's electronic data system this prescription is void;
2. Record on the reverse of the invalidated prescription drug order the name and address of the pharmacy to which it was transferred and the name of the pharmacist or intern or extern under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist receiving the prescription drug order information, or have the electronic data system reflect the fact that the prescription drug order has been transferred, the name and address of the pharmacy to which it was transferred and the name of the pharmacist or intern or extern under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist to which it was transferred, and the date of the transfer; and
3. Record the date of the transfer and the name of the pharmacist or intern or extern under direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist transferring the information.
(c) The pharmacist or intern or extern under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist receiving the transferred prescription drug order shall reduce to writing, or cause the computer to reduce to writing, the following information which shall be filed as required by O.C.G.A. Title 16, Chapter 13 and Title 25, Chapter 4:
1. The word "TRANSFER" shall be written on the face of the transferred prescription and/or indicate in the pharmacy's electronic data system this prescription was a transfer;
2. All information required to be included on the prescription drug order pursuant to all State and Federal laws and regulations shall be provided which shall include at a minimum the following:
(i) Date of issuance of the original prescription drug order;
(ii) Original number of refills authorized on the original prescription drug order;
(iii) Date of original dispensing;
(iv) Number of valid refills remaining and date of last refill;
(v) The pharmacy's name, address, and original prescription serial number from which the prescription drug order information was transferred; and
(vi) Name of transferring pharmacist.
3. Both the original and transferred prescription must be maintained for a period of two years from the date of last refill.
(d) Pharmacies accessing a common electronic file or database used to maintain required dispensing information are not required to record on the original hard copy prescription drug order any information when transferring or refilling prescription drug orders as required for pharmacies not utilizing a common electronic file as noted in this Chapter. However, a hard copy of the prescription drug order must be generated and maintained by the pharmacist refilling or receiving the electronically transferred prescription drug order information. The common database must contain complete records of each prescription drug order transferred.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-27-.07
O.C.G.A. Secs. 16-13-39, 26-4-5, 26-4-27, 26-4-28, 26-4-37, 26-4-80, 26-4-83.
Original Rule entitled "Controlled Substances Prescription Transferal" adopted. F. Nov. 26, 1986; eff. Dec. 16, 1986. Amended: F. Feb. 10, 1993; eff. Mar. 2, 1993. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Dangerous Prescription Drug Order Transfer" adopted. F. July 24, 2002; eff. August 13, 2002. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 18, 2006; eff. Sept. 7, 2006.

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