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PDFWAC 246-869-020

Pharmacies and differential hours.

(1) A pharmacy must provide adequate security for its drug supplies and records and in the absence of a pharmacist the pharmacy must be closed and access limited to persons authorized by the pharmacist; for example, janitorial services, inventory services, etc. If a pharmacy is located within a larger mercantile establishment which is open to the public for business at times when a pharmacist is not present then the pharmacy must be enclosed by solid partitions at least seven feet in height, from the floor, which are sufficient to provide adequate security for the pharmacy. In the absence of a pharmacist such pharmacies must be locked and secured so that only persons authorized by the pharmacist can gain access, provided however that employees of the mercantile establishment cannot be authorized to enter the closed pharmacy during those hours that the mercantile establishment is open to the public for business.
(2) All equipment and records referred to in WAC 246-869-180 and all drugs, devices, poisons and other items or products which are restricted to sale either by or under the personal supervision of a pharmacist must be kept in the pharmacy area.
(3) Written prescription orders and refill request can be delivered to a pharmacy at any time. But if no pharmacist is present then the prescription orders must be deposited, by the patient or his agent delivering the prescription order or refill request to the establishment, into a "mail slot" or "drop box" such that the prescription order is stored in the pharmacy area. The times that the pharmacy is open for business must be so displayed that they are prominently visible to the person depositing the prescription orders.
(4) Prescriptions shall be stored in the pharmacy and cannot be removed from the pharmacy unless the pharmacist is present and the removal is for the immediate delivery to the patient, person picking up the prescription for the patient, or person delivering the prescription to the patient at his residence or similar place.
(5) No drugs, devices, poisons and other items or products which are restricted to sale either by or under the personal supervision of a pharmacist can be sold or delivered without a pharmacist being present in the pharmacy.
(6) Any pharmacy having hours differing from the remainder of an establishment shall have a separate and distinct telephone number from that business establishment. The phone shall not be answerable in the remainder of the establishment unless all conversations, when the pharmacist is absent, are recorded and played back by the pharmacist.
(7) Oral prescriptions cannot be taken if a pharmacist is not present unless it is taken on a recording which must inform the caller as to the times the pharmacy is open.
(8) A pharmacy must prominently display in a permanent manner on or adjacent to its entrance the times that it is open for business. If a pharmacy is located within a larger mercantile establishment having hours of operation different from the pharmacy then the pharmacy times of being open for business shall be prominently displayed in a permanent manner at the pharmacy area and on or adjacent to the entrance to the mercantile establishment.
(9) Any advertising by the mercantile establishment which makes reference to the pharmacy or those products which are sold only in the pharmacy which in such advertising sets forth the days and hours that the mercantile establishment is open to the public for business must also indicate the days and hours that the pharmacy is open to the public for business.
(10) Any person desiring to operate a pharmacy within an establishment having hours of business differing from the pharmacy must notify the board of pharmacy at least thirty days prior to commencing such differential hours. In order to constitute notification the applicant must complete the file forms provided by the board providing the required information. Board inspection and approval must be completed prior to the commencing of such differential hours. Such inspection and approval or disapproval shall be within 10 days of receiving notification that the premises are ready for inspection. Approval or disapproval shall be predicated upon compliance with this rule and pharmacy standards under chapter 246-869 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005. WSR 92-12-035 (Order 277B), § 246-869-020, filed 5/28/92, effective 6/28/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005 and chapter 18.64A RCW. WSR 91-18-057 (Order 191B), recodified as § 246-869-020, filed 8/30/91, effective 9/30/91; Order 106, § 360-16-005, filed 9/11/70.]
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