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 A pharmacist has accepted the return of drug dispensed to a patient which was issued and dispensed by a mistake. The pharmacist has used the same prescription drugs...


 A pharmacist has accepted the return of drug dispensed to a patient which was issued and dispensed by a mistake. The pharmacist has used the same prescription drugs to fulfill the prescription requirement for another patient. The act done by the pharmacist is in accordance with Pennsylvania Pharmacy Law?

Please reply "Yes" or "No"

Answer: No, [Pharmacy Act of Pennsylvania, Act_114, Section 5(9)(xi)].

The acceptance back and redistribution of any unused drug, or a part thereof, after it has left the premises of any pharmacy, whether issued by mistake or otherwise is prohibited under the Law, unless it is in the original sealed container with the name, lot number and expiration date on the original intact manufacturer's label. 

The pharmacy shall maintain records of all such returns, and a full refund shall be given to the original purchaser, including a third-party payor.


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A nursing home without an in-house pharmacy is using an automated dispensing system for nursing home patients. The automated drug dispensing system...


A nursing home without an in-house pharmacy is using an automated dispensing system for nursing home patients. The automated drug dispensing system in a nursing home is under the direct control of the pharmacy providing services to the nursing home. Does nursing home require a controlled substances registration from the DEA to operate automated dispensing device?

Please answer Yes or No...

Answer: Yes, required. [18VAC110-20-555]. 

Nursing homes may use automated drug dispensing systems upon meeting the following conditions:

1. Drugs placed in an automated drug dispensing system in a nursing home shall be under the control of the pharmacy providing services to the nursing home, the pharmacy shall have on-line communication with and control of the automated drug dispensing system, and access to any drug for a patient shall be controlled by the pharmacy.

2. A nursing home without an in-house pharmacy shall obtain a controlled substances registration prior to using an automated dispensing system.


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Reprinted from the April 2009 Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter.

Although buprenorphine is not approved for use in pain, pharmacists are seeing an increasing number of prescriptions for this use...


Reprinted from the April 2009 Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter.

Although buprenorphine is not approved for use in pain, pharmacists are seeing an increasing number of prescriptions for this use. Rather than prescribed as a daily dose for addiction, it is usually given three to four times daily for pain. As you are all aware, buprenorphine prescribed for addiction requires the practitioner to have an “X” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number, indicating special training in its use. It is legal for you to fill a buprenorphine prescription for pain with the prescriber’s regular DEA number just like all other Schedule III drugs. Your duty is to ensure that the prescription is indeed for the treatment of pain, which should hopefully be noted in the directions. Since buprenorphine can displace opioid agonists, watch for interactions that may precipitate withdrawal.


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 Please note that under Georgia Controlled Substances Act, following drugs are classified as controlled substances...


 Please note that under Georgia Controlled Substances Act, following drugs are classified as controlled substances:

1. Carisoprodol (Schedule IV)

2. Sodium oxybate (Schedule III)

3. Synthetic Cannabinoids (Schedule I)

4. Ketamine (Schedule III)


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 The Food and Drug Administration has approved Plan B One Step, a brand of emergency contraceptive, to be available for women 15 and older without a prescription...


The Food and Drug Administration has approved Plan B One Step, a brand of emergency contraceptive, to be available for women 15 and older without a prescription.

This comes almost a month after a federal judge ordered the FDA to make Plan B available to everyone over-the-counter, which will go into effect on May 5, unless the FDA appeals the ruling.

"The Department of Justice is considering next steps in the litigation," the FDA said in a statement. "In the meantime, the FDA took independent action to approve the pending application on Plan B One-Step for use without a prescription by women 15 years of age or older."

Judge Edward Korman ordered emergency contraceptive to be made available over the counter on April 5, citing "bad faith" that resulted in restricted access to the drug in the past. Prior to that, it was available to everyone 17 and older without a prescription.

The morning after pill is intended to be used when other contraception fails, such as when a condom breaks. Containing the synthetic hormone levonorgestrel, the pill works by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterine wall. But it must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It cannot terminate an existing pregnancy.

Although today's FDA approval means women seeking Plan B will need to have identification to prove they are of age to purchase it, the drug will no longer be available only when the pharmacy is open, according to an FDA statement. Instead, it will be available in the family planning and female health aisles.




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