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§ 1714.3. Community Pharmacy Staffing.


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Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
Division 17. California State Board of Pharmacy
Article 2. Pharmacies (Refs & Annos)
16 CCR § 1714.3
§ 1714.3. Community Pharmacy Staffing.
This section applies to a community pharmacy that is required to comply with Business and Professions Code section 4113.5.
(a) When a pharmacy is open to the public and a pharmacist is working without another pharmacy employee currently working, the pharmacy shall make another person who is an employee of the establishment within which the pharmacy is located available to assist the pharmacist. The pharmacy shall:
(1) Designate the name(s) of one or more persons who will be available to assist the pharmacist;
(2) Ensure that each designated person is able, at a minimum, to perform the duties of non-licensed pharmacy personnel as specified in section 1793.3;
(3) Ensure that each designated person qualifies to have access to controlled substances by conducting a background check on each person that is consistent with federal requirements for pharmacy employees with such access;
(4) Ensure that a designated person responds and is able to assist the pharmacist within five minutes after the pharmacist's request.
(b) A pharmacy shall have and maintain policies and procedures that address the following:
(1) How a pharmacist on duty will be able to identify the person(s) designated as available to assist them, and the required criteria and training for those designated person(s), which shall be consistent with subdivision (a).
(2) The process for the pharmacist to request assistance and to document the response time between the request and arrival of the designated person at the pharmacy.
(c) All impacted pharmacy employees and designated persons must read and sign a copy of the policies and procedures required by this section. For purposes of this section, “impacted pharmacy employees” means any employee of the pharmacy, whether the person works within or for the pharmacy owner, who has any duties to prepare for or to execute how or when a pharmacist may seek or obtain assistance pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 4113.5, including any pharmacist, any person who creates or approves pharmacy employees' work schedules, or who designates persons who may assist the pharmacist pursuant to this section.
(d) The pharmacy must maintain the policies and procedures in the pharmacy premises in a readily retrievable format.
Note: Authority cited: Section 4005, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 4113.5, Business and Professions Code.
1. New section filed 9-15-2020; operative 9-15-2020 (Register 2020, No. 38). Filing deadline specified in Government Code section 11349.3(a) extended 60 calendar days pursuant to Executive Order N-40-20 and an additional 60 calendar days pursuant to Executive Order N-66-20.
This database is current through 5/6/22 Register 2022, No. 18
16 CCR § 1714.3, 16 CA ADC § 1714.3
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