<<Prev Rule

Texas Administrative Code

Next Rule>>
TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 15TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY
CHAPTER 291PHARMACIES
SUBCHAPTER CNUCLEAR PHARMACY (CLASS B)
RULE §291.55Records

(a) Maintenance of records.

  (1) Every inventory or other record required to be kept under this section shall be:

    (A) kept by the pharmacy and be available, for at least two years from the date of such inventory or record, for inspecting and copying by the board or its representative, and other authorized local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies; and

    (B) supplied by the pharmacy within 72 hours, if requested by an authorized agent of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. If the pharmacy maintains the records in an electronic format, the requested records must be provided in a mutually agreeable electronic format it specifically requested by the board or its representative. Failure to provide the records set out in this subsection, either on site or within 72 hours, constitutes prima facie evidence of failure to keep and maintain records in violation of the Act.

  (2) Records of controlled substances listed in Schedules I and II shall be maintained separately from all other records of the pharmacy.

  (3) Records of controlled substances, other than original prescription drug orders, listed in Schedules III - V shall be maintained separately or readily retrievable from all other records of the pharmacy. For purposes of this subsection, "readily retrievable" means that the controlled substances shall be asterisked, red-lined, or in some other manner readily identifiable apart from all other items appearing on the record.

  (4) Records, except when specifically required to be maintained in original or hard-copy form, may be maintained in an alternative data retention system, such as a data processing system or direct imaging system provided:

    (A) the records maintained in the alternative system contain all of the information required on the manual record; and

    (B) the data processing system is capable of producing a hard copy of the record upon the request of the board, its representative, or other authorized local, state, or federal law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

(b) Prescriptions.

  (1) Professional responsibility. Pharmacists shall exercise sound professional judgment with respect to the accuracy and authenticity of any radioactive prescription drug order they dispense. If the pharmacist questions the accuracy or authenticity of a radioactive prescription drug order, he/she shall verify the order with the practitioner prior to dispensing.

  (2) Verbal radioactive prescription drug orders.

    (A) Only an authorized nuclear pharmacist or a pharmacist-intern under the direct supervision of an authorized nuclear pharmacist may receive from a practitioner or a practitioner's designated agent:

      (i) a verbal therapeutic prescription drug order; or

      (ii) a verbal diagnostic prescription drug order in instances where patient specificity is required for patient safety (e.g., radiolabeled blood products, radiolabeled antibodies).

    (B) A practitioner shall designate in writing the name of each agent authorized by the practitioner to communicate prescriptions verbally for the practitioner. The practitioner shall maintain at the practitioner's usual place of business a list of the designated agents. The practitioner shall provide a pharmacist with a copy of the practitioner's written authorization for a specific agent on the pharmacist's request.

    (C) A pharmacist may not dispense a verbal radioactive prescription drug order for a dangerous drug or a controlled substance issued by a practitioner licensed in the Dominion of Canada or the United Mexican States unless the practitioner is also licensed in Texas.

  (3) Radioactive prescription drug orders issued by practitioners in another state.

    (A) Dangerous drug prescription orders. A pharmacist may dispense a radioactive prescription drug order for dangerous drugs issued by practitioners in a state other than Texas in the same manner as radioactive prescription drug orders for dangerous drugs issued by practitioners in Texas are dispensed.

    (B) Controlled substance prescription drug orders. A pharmacist may dispense radioactive prescription drug orders for controlled substances in Schedule III, IV, or V issued by a practitioner in another state provided:

      (i) the radioactive prescription drug order is written, oral, or telephonically or electronically communicated prescription as allowed by the DEA issued by a person practicing in another state and licensed by another state as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or podiatrist, who has a current federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration number, and who may legally prescribe Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances in such other state;

      (ii) the radioactive prescription drug order is not dispensed more than six months from the initial date of issuance.

  (4) Radioactive prescription drug orders issued by practitioners in the United Mexican States or the Dominion of Canada.

    (A) Controlled substance prescription drug orders. A pharmacist may not dispense a radioactive prescription drug order for a Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance issued by a practitioner licensed in the Dominion of Canada or the United Mexican States.

    (B) Dangerous drug prescription drug orders. A pharmacist may dispense a radioactive prescription drug order for a dangerous drug issued by a person licensed in the Dominion of Canada or the United Mexican States as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or podiatrist provided the radioactive prescription drug order is an original written prescription.

    (C) Prescription drug orders for Schedule II controlled substances. No Schedule II controlled substance may be dispensed without a written prescription drug order of a practitioner on a official prescription form as required by the Texas Controlled Substances Act, §481.075.

  (5) Electronic radioactive prescription drug orders. For the purpose of this paragraph, electronic radioactive prescription drug orders shall be considered the same as verbal radioactive prescription drug orders.

    (A) An electronic radioactive prescription drug order may be transmitted by a practitioner or a practitioner's designated agent:

      (i) directly to a pharmacy; or

      (ii) through the use of a data communication device provided:

        (I) the confidential prescription information is not altered during transmission; and

        (II) confidential patient information is not accessed or maintained by the operator of the data communication device other than for legal purposes under federal and state law.

    (B) A practitioner shall designate in writing the name of each agent authorized by the practitioner to electronically transmit prescriptions for the practitioner. The practitioner shall maintain at the practitioner's usual place of business a list of the designated agents. The practitioner shall provide a pharmacist with a copy of the practitioner's written authorization for a specific agent on the pharmacist's request.

    (C) A pharmacist may not dispense an electronic radioactive prescription drug order for a:

      (i) Schedule II controlled substance except as authorized for faxed prescriptions in §481.074, Health and Safety Code; or

      (ii) dangerous drug or controlled substance issued by a practitioner licensed in the Dominion of Canada or the United Mexican States unless the practitioner is also licensed in Texas.

  (6) Original prescription drug order records.

    (A) Original prescriptions shall be maintained and readily retrievable by the pharmacy and remain accessible for a period of two years from the date of filling.

    (B) If an original prescription drug order is changed, such prescription order shall be invalid and of no further force and effect; if additional drugs are to be dispensed, a new prescription drug order with a new and separate number is required.

    (C) Original prescriptions shall be maintained in one of the following formats:

      (i) in three separate files as follows:

        (I) prescriptions for controlled substances listed in Schedule II;

        (II) prescriptions for controlled substances listed in Schedule III - V; and

        (III) prescriptions for dangerous drugs and nonprescription drugs; or

      (ii) within a patient medication record system provided that original prescriptions for controlled substances are maintained separate from original prescriptions for noncontrolled substances and prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances are maintained separate from all other original prescriptions.

    (D) Original prescription records other than prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances may be stored on microfilm, microfiche, or other system which is capable of producing a direct image of the original prescription record, e.g., digitalized imaging system. If original prescription records are stored in a direct imaging system, the following is applicable.

      (i) The original prescription records must be maintained and readily retrievable as specified in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph.

      (ii) The pharmacy must provide immediate access to equipment necessary to render the records easily readable.

  (7) Prescription drug order information.

    (A) All original radioactive prescription drug orders shall bear:

      (i) name of the patient, if applicable at the time of the order;

      (ii) name of the institution;

      (iii) name, and if for a controlled substance, the address and DEA registration number of the practitioner;

      (iv) name of the radiopharmaceutical;

      (v) amount of radioactive material contained in millicuries (mCi), microcuries (uCi), or bequerels (Bq) and the corresponding time that applies to this activity, if different than the requested calibration date and time;

      (vi) date and time of calibration; and

      (vii) date of issuance.

    (B) At the time of dispensing, a pharmacist is responsible for the addition of the following information to the original prescription:

      (i) unique identification number of the prescription drug order;

      (ii) initials or identification code of the person who compounded the sterile radiopharmaceutical and the pharmacist who checked and released the product unless maintained in a readily retrievable format;

      (iii) name, quantity, lot number, and expiration date of each product used in compounding the sterile radiopharmaceutical; and

      (iv) date of dispensing, if different from the date of issuance.

  (8) Refills. A radioactive prescription drug order must be filled from an original prescription which may not be refilled.

(c) Policy and procedure manual.

  (1) All nuclear pharmacies shall maintain a policy and procedure manual. The nuclear pharmacy policy and procedure manual is a compilation of written policy and procedure statements.

  (2) A technical operations manual governing all nuclear pharmacy functions shall be prepared. It shall be continually revised to reflect changes in techniques, organizations, etc. All pharmacy personnel shall be familiar with the contents of the manual.

  (3) The nuclear pharmacy policies and procedures manual shall be prepared by the pharmacist-in-charge with input from the affected personnel and from other involved staff and committees to govern procurement, preparation, distribution, storage, disposal, and control of all drugs used and the need for policies and procedures relative to procurement of multisource items, inventory, investigational drugs, and new drug applications.

(d) Other records. Other records to be maintained by a pharmacy:

  (1) a permanent log of the initials or identification codes which will identify each dispensing pharmacist by name (the initials or identification code shall be unique to ensure that each pharmacist can be identified, i.e., identical initials or identification codes shall not be used);

  (2) copy 3 of DEA order form (DEA 222) which has been properly dated, initialed, and filed, and all copies of each unaccepted or defective order form and any attached statements or other documents;

  (3) a hard copy of the power of attorney to sign DEA 222 order forms (if applicable);

  (4) suppliers' invoices of controlled substances; a pharmacist shall verify that the controlled drugs listed on the invoices were actually received by clearly recording his/her initials and the actual date of receipt of the controlled substances;

  (5) suppliers' credit memos for controlled substances and dangerous drugs;

  (6) a hard copy of inventories required by §291.17 of this title (relating to Inventory Requirements);

  (7) hard-copy reports of surrender or destruction of controlled substances and/or dangerous drugs to an appropriate state or federal agency;

  (8) records of distribution of controlled substances and/or dangerous drugs to other pharmacies, practitioners, or registrants; and

  (9) a hard copy of any notification required by the Texas Pharmacy Act or these sections, including, but not limited to, the following:

    (A) reports of theft or significant loss of controlled substances to DEA, DPS, and the board;

    (B) notifications of a change in pharmacist-in-charge of a pharmacy; and

Cont'd...

Next Page Previous Page



Home TxReg TAC OM NewTac Public Footer Bar