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PDFWAC 246-869-160

Physical standards for pharmacies—Adequate facilities.

(1) The prescription department shall be well lighted (adequately to allow any person with normal vision to read a label without strain, 30-50 foot candles).
(2) The prescription department shall be well ventilated. There shall be a constant flow of air through the area.
(3) There shall be a minimum of three linear feet by a minimum of 18 inches in depth of counter working space for each pharmacist or intern compounding or filling prescriptions at the same time.
(4) The prescription counter shall be uncluttered and clean at all times. Only those items necessary to the filling of prescriptions shall be thereon. (Profile systems are excepted.)
(5) There shall be a sink with hot and cold running water in the prescription compounding area.
(6) There shall be refrigeration facilities with a thermometer in the prescription compounding area for the storage of pharmaceutical items requiring refrigeration. USP standards of refrigeration require that the temperature be maintained between two degrees and eight degrees Centigrade (36 degrees and 46 degrees Fahrenheit). A locked refrigerator in the immediate vicinity of the prescription department will meet the requirements of this paragraph.
(7) The prescription department shall be situated so that the public shall not have free access to the area where legend drugs, controlled substances, poisons, or other restricted items are stored, compounded or dispensed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005 and chapter 18.64A RCW. WSR 91-18-057 (Order 191B), recodified as § 246-869-160, filed 8/30/91, effective 9/30/91; Order 131, § 360-16-210, filed 2/4/77; Order 51 (part), filed 8/15/67.]
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