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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4/18/09  8:41 am
Commenter: Danielle Williams,CPhT

Nursing signatures for narcotic delivery to automated dispensing systems

Ive worked as a Pharmacy Technician in a hospital setting for years.  As a day shift and a night shift position. I agree with the comments that have been made so far that state that obtaining a nursing signature when filling narcotics into a automated dispensing systems serves no real purpose. It holds up nurses from providing patient care and prevents technicians from moving to other machines on other units that need medications as well or from returning to the pharmacy to continue other important tasks. There are numerous reports that are kept by the systems that show every transaction. These reports show far more than a RN signature.  I would love to see this step removed from the process.

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