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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 110. Board of Pharmacy
Chapter 20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy

18VAC110-20-120. Special or limited-use pharmacy permits.

A. For good cause shown, the board may issue a special or limited-use pharmacy permit, when the scope, degree or type of pharmacy practice or service to be provided is of a special, limited or unusual nature as compared to a regular pharmacy service. The permit to be issued shall be based on special conditions of use requested by the applicant and imposed by the board in cases where certain requirements of regulations may be waived. The following conditions shall apply:

1. The application shall list the regulatory requirements for which a waiver is requested and a brief explanation as to why each requirement should not apply to that practice.

2. A policy and procedure manual detailing the type and method of operation, hours of operation, schedules of drugs to be maintained by the pharmacy, and method of documentation of continuing pharmacist control must accompany the application.

3. The issuance and continuation of such permits shall be subject to continuing compliance with the conditions set forth by the board.

B. For a special-use pharmacy located in or providing services to a free clinic that uses volunteer pharmacists on a part-time basis with pharmacy business hours less than 20 hours a week, the board may grant a waiver to the restricted access provisions of 18VAC110-20-190 under the following conditions:

1. The access is only for the purpose of repairing or upgrading essential equipment or for the purpose of securing a delivered drug order in the pharmacy.

2. The PIC shall be notified prior to each entry and give permission for the designated, specific individuals to enter.

3. If entry is by a nonpharmacist, two persons must enter together, one of whom must be an employee or volunteer of the free clinic who holds a license as a nurse, physician, or a physician assistant. Both persons must remain in the pharmacy the entire time that access is required.

4. The key or other means of unlocking the pharmacy and the alarm access code shall be maintained in a secure location within the facility in a sealed envelope or other container with the name of the "sealing" pharmacist written across the seal. If a nonpharmacist accesses the pharmacy, this means of access may be used, and the licensed health professional, as set forth in subdivision 3 of this subsection, is responsible for resealing the means of access and writing his name across the seal. The PIC shall ensure that the alarm access code is changed within 48 hours. In lieu of the pharmacist's signature across a seal, the executive director for the board may approve other methods of securing the emergency access to the prescription department.

5. A log must be maintained of each nonpharmacist entry showing date and time of entry, names of the two persons entering, purpose for entry, and notation that permission was granted by the pharmacist-in-charge and the date it was granted. Such log shall be maintained on premises for one year.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-2400 and Chapters 33 (§ 54.1-3300 et seq.) and 34 (§ 54.1-3400 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR530-01-1 § 3.2, eff. October 25, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 9, Issue 4, eff. December 16, 1992; Volume 10, Issue 1, eff. November 4, 1993; Volume 11, Issue 21, eff. August 9, 1995; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. August 25, 2004; Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009.

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