Wis. Admin. Code Pharmacy Examining Board § Phar 6.04 - Floor design

Current through March 28, 2022

(1) PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AREA. The professional service area of a pharmacy shall not be less than 250 sq. ft. No more than 20% of the space may be used for storage of bulk pharmaceuticals. If the pharmacy is open at any time solely as a non-prescription or sundry outlet, without a pharmacist present, the professional service area shall be secured as specified in sub. (3). A variance to the 250 sq. ft. professional service area requirement may be authorized by the board upon submission of a specific plan describing the manner in which the proposed professional service area plan varies from the requirement.
(2) PRESCRIPTION COUNTER SPACE. A pharmacy shall have a prescription counter with a free working surface of 18 or more inches in width and at least 12 square feet in area. This free-working surface must be used only for the compounding and dispensing of prescriptions.
(a) Except as provided in par. (c), if no pharmacist is present in the professional service area, a pharmacy may convert to a non-prescription or sundry outlet if the following requirements are met:
1. A secured, physical barrier surrounds the professional service area of the pharmacy and precludes access to the area by unlicensed personnel. A secured barrier may be constructed of other than a solid material with a continuous surface. If constructed of other than a solid material, the openings or interstices in the material shall not be large enough to permit removal of items from the professional service area by any means. Any material used in the construction of the barrier shall be of sufficient strength and thickness that it cannot be readily or easily removed, penetrated or bent. The plans and specifications of the barrier shall be submitted to the board for approval.
2. The barrier is locked in the absence of the pharmacist.
3. A patient's telephone request to renew a certain prescription may be accepted, but a telephone message from a practitioner giving a new prescription order or renewal authority may not be accepted.
5. Signs of reasonable size are posted at the entrance of the building and the professional service area prominently displaying the hours the pharmacist will be on duty.
6. The manner in which the telephone is answered does not imply that the location is, at that time, operating as a pharmacy.
7. The pharmacy examining board office is notified of the hours during which the establishment is operated as a sundry outlet.
(b) The managing pharmacist is responsible for compliance with all professional service area security requirements.
(c) Where no pharmacist is present in the professional service area a pharmacy is not required to convert to a non-prescription or sundry outlet if the following requirements are met:
1. The pharmacist is absent for a time period of one half hour or less.
2. The pharmacist must be accessible for communication with the remaining pharmacy staff by phone, pager or other device.
3. The pharmacy must indicate that the pharmacist is not available in the professional service area and indicate the period of absence and the time of the pharmacist's return.
4. Pharmacy technicians may only perform duties allowed by s. Phar 7.015(2).
(4) PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AREA REMODELING. Any modifications of the approved floor plan shall be submitted to and approved by the board or its designee. Board action must be taken within 60 days.


Wis. Admin. Code Pharmacy Examining Board § Phar 6.04
Cr. Register, January, 1983, No. 325, eff. 2-1-83; cr. (4), Register, August, 1991, No. 428, eff. 9-1-91; r. (3) (a) 4., Register, January, 1996, No. 481, eff. 2-1-96; CR 03-096: am. (3) (a) (intro.), cr. (3) (c) Register May 2004 No. 581, eff. 6-1-04.

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