Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy [18 VAC 110 ‑ 20]
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7/5/10  11:04 am
Commenter: Linh Burgi, CPhT, Safeway Pharmacy

Petition for Rulemaking

I, too, agree with Mr. E. Hass. Currrently, phamacies are made to enter an "on hold" prescription twice. The first time entered is when the patient drops it off and the second time is when the patient or insurance allows us to fill the script, at which time we are made to deactivate the "on hold" prescription and reprocess THE SAME PRESCRIPTION for the fill date. This allows for double the chance of errors and in our field of work that is not okay. It is also double the work which means more time and money wasted. If this process of entering and filling the prescription on the actual fill date was mandated to better research/audit pharmacy records, couldn't you just look back at the patient's profile, pick an "on hold" prescription and see that nothing was dispensed when it was originally put on hold and that the first fill date was the next entry on the patients profile?

I don't understand this change and to be frank, it seems to be a bit redundant. There must be an alternative.

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