POLICY 96-001
Expiration of a CII prescription

M.G.L. c. 94C, s. 23(a) "A prescription for a controlled substance in Schedule II shall become invalid five days from the date of issuance."

The prescription shall expire five (30) days FOLLOWING the date of issuance by the prescribing practitioner. A pharmacist shall count the day after the prescription is written as day one.

Adopted: June 4, 1996
Authority: M.G. L. c. 94C §23(a); M.G.L. c. 112, § 42A
Revised May 01, 1998, effective 08/01/98

POLICY 96-002
Electronic Transfer of a prescription where no pharmacist is on duty

In order for a prescription to be electronically transferred from a pharmacy where no pharmacist is on duty to an open pharmacy the electronic system must be able to satisfy the requirements of Board regulations at 247 CMR 9.02 and Federal Regulations, at 21 CFR 13.06.11. The Board must approve the use of such an electronic system prior to it's implementation.

Approval: June 4, 1996
Authority: 247 CMR 9.02; M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 30 and 42A

POLICY 96-003
Clean room construction

A pharmacist/pharmacy owner shall follow the guidelines set forth by the current United States Pharmacopoeia when constructing a clean room (guidelines attached).

Adoption: June 4, 1996
Authority: 247 CMR 9.01(3): M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 30 and 42A

POLICY 96-004
Perpetual Inventory

Board Regulations at 247 CMR 9.01 (14) require: A pharmacist shall keep a perpetual inventory of each controlled substance in Schedule II which the pharmacist has received, dispensed or disposed of in accordance with the law. This inventory must be reconciled at least once every ten days.

The perpetual inventory is a written record of the amount of controlled substances in Schedule II which are physically contained within the pharmacy or pharmacy department.

Adoption: June 4, 1996
Authority: 247 CMR 9.01(14): M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 30 and 42A

POLICY 96-005
Twelve Hour Limit

A pharmacist may not work or be scheduled to work for more than twelve hours in a day, however, if a pharmacist is presented with a prescription or prescriptions which require immediate attention then the pharmacist may exceed the twelve hours in order to act in the best interest of the consumer.

Adoption: June 4, 1996
Authority: 247 CMR 6.02(9)(c) ; M.G.L. c. 112 §§ 42 A and 30; c. 138 §§ 29 through 30G


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.

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