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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4/22/09  3:55 pm
Commenter: Kathleen East, CPhT / Martha Jefferson Hospital

I support the amendment to discontinue the collection of nurse's signatures.

This step is a redundant & unnecessary step that pulls the nurses, pharmacists, & technicians away from patient care.  Also, this signature collection forces the technician to basically stand in the way if the nurse's station is busy, which further detracts from patient care.  Currently, there is a sufficient paper trail between the withdrawl of narcotics out of the vault to the individual Pyxis/Acudose machine on the floors.  And, these reports are reviewed daily already.  Why continue to add to the unnecessary pile of papers for our pharmacists to review?  The pharmacists have more pressing items, like patient care, to look at. Plus, we could be saving a lot of money by not having to buy this paper & by just eliminating this step.

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