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
(a) The prescription
drug order is transmitted directly to the pharmacy of the patient's
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.
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;
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;
Original number of refills authorized on the original prescription drug
(iii) Date of original
(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
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.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled
"Controlled Substances Prescription Transferal" adopted. F.
Nov. 26, 1986; eff.
Dec. 16, 1986.
F. Feb. 10, 1993; eff.
Mar. 2, 1993.
New Rule entitled "Dangerous Prescription Drug Order Transfer" adopted.
F. July 24, 2002; eff.
August 13, 2002.
New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 18,
2006; eff. Sept. 7, 2006.