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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6/30/10  7:27 pm
Commenter: Nichole Lawson CPhT, Safeway Pharmacy

Petition for Rulemaking


I am a CPhT for Safeway in VA.  I agree with Mr. Haas.  I think that deactivating an Rx and holding it for a further fill date is not good business at all.  Not only can prescriptions be lost if not given back to the patient it can create clutter in the pharmacy which creates confusion and anxiety.  When an Rx is put into the system on hold, at least it's known where it is by the staff and to floater pharmacists and technicians that might be filling in at that pharmacy.  Holding them for their actual fill date to put them in the system to get a paid claim is not the way to go. The pharmacist that puts the Rx on hold should be the one that is responsible for the Rx going out the right way.  If it's put in the system correctly to begin with there will be no errors.  I understand that it's only human to make errors but not so much for our business practice.  We have to be perfect 100% of the time and it's not going to help if we are searching through 100 or more Rx's for "Mrs. Jones" that dropped off an orignial Rx at the beginning of the month.   She gets aggrevated because we are taking longer than normal to retrieve her Rx because we have to sift through the 100 or more Rx's that we are holding to be filled and that creates a longer wait time, chaos and anxiety.  The most simple way I have found is to just put everything on hold in the computer and if the patient wants it filled, deactivate the Rx, make a copy of it to put in the file and then fill it as new.  It's easier than holding onto prescriptions  that may or may not ever be filled.  But that takes more time too.  Isn't there a simpler way to do this?

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