Words and terms defined in Delaware Code Title 1, Section 302 and Title 24, Section 2502 of the Delaware Code are applicable to these regulations. The following additional words and terms, when used within these regulations, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise or an alternate definition has been given:
"Automated Data Processing System (ADPS)" means a system utilizing computer software and hardware for the purposes of recordkeeping.
"Cell" means any container that holds the medication for automatic dispensing.
"Central Prescription Processing" means the processing by a pharmacy of a request from another pharmacy to fill or refill a prescription drug order or to perform processing functions such as dispensing, DUR, claims adjudication, refill authorizations, and therapeutic interventions.
"Common Database" means a file or database created by an ADPS that enables authorized users to have common access to this file regardless of physical location.
"Compounding" means the art of the extemporaneous preparation and manipulation of drugs as a result of a practitioner's prescription order or initiative based on the practitioner-patient-pharmacist relationship in the course of professional practice, including the preparation of drugs in anticipation of drug orders based on routine, regularly observed prescribing patterns.
"Computer" means a programmable electronic device, capable of multifunctions including but not limited to storage, retrieval and processing of information.
"Controlled Substance" means those drug items regulated by Federal (CSA of 1970) and/or State Controlled (dangerous) Substances Act.
"CRT" means a Cathode Ray Tube used to impose visual information on a screen.
"Delivery" means the transfer of a dispensed prescription to the ultimate user (patient) or his/her agent.
"Dispensing" means to furnish or deliver a drug to an ultimate user by or pursuant to the lawful order of a practitioner; including the preparation, packaging, labeling or compounding necessary to prepare the drug for that delivery.
"Downtime" means that period of time when a computer is not operable.
"Facsimile (FAX) Prescription" means a facsimile prescription is an order which is transmitted by an electronic device over telephone lines which sends an exact copy image to the receiver (pharmacy).
"New Medication" means a medication not previously dispensed by the pharmacy for the ultimate user.
"Patient Counseling" means an oral communication process between a pharmacist, or a registered intern or a pharmacy student working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, and a patient, in which the pharmacist obtains information from the patient and the patient’s pharmacy records, assesses that information and provides the patient with professional advice regarding the safe and effective use of the prescription drug for the purpose of assuring therapeutic appropriateness.
"Pertinent Patient Medication Information" means information which increases the patient's ability to minimize the risks and enhance the benefits of drug use. The type of information the pharmacist should consider is contained in the latest edition of USP DI "Advice for the Patient."
"Prescriber" means a practitioner authorized to prescribe and acting within the scope of this authorization.
"Prescription" or "Prescription drug order" means the lawful written or verbal order of a practitioner for a drug, but does not include an order for medication which is dispensed for immediate administration to the ultimate user, (e.g., an order to dispense a drug to a bed patient for immediate administration in a hospital is not a prescription.)
"Printout" means a hard copy produced by computer that is readable without the aid of any special device.
"Reduced to Writing" means the preparation of a paper document containing all the information required for a written prescription including the State requirement for drug product selection;
For a refill authorization, it may be handled as a new prescription as in above, or by placing on the original prescription or the patient profile (whichever document is consistently used to document refills) the date, a statement "O.K. for 'x' number of additional refills", or words of similar import, and the pharmacist's initials. In no instance, shall the refill authorizations exceed the legal limits established by State and Federal laws.
If the prescriber authorizing additional refills differs from the prescriber whose name appears on the signature line of the original prescription, then that authorization is considered a new prescription and must be handled as described above.
"Regulatory Agency" means any Federal or State agency charged with enforcement of pharmacy or drug laws and regulations.
"Stop Date" means a date established by an appropriate authority which indicates when medication will no longer be administered or dispensed in the absence of a specific time period directed by the prescriber.
1.2.1 All applicants must obtain a passing grade as determined by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination for Delaware (MPJE) to be eligible for a license to practice in Delaware.
1.2.2 In order for Delaware to be able to make a candidate eligible to take the NAPLEX or MPJE exam(s), the candidate must first register with and pay the exam fee to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB). For more information on this process, please refer to the Registration Bulletin at: http://www.napb.net.ftpfiles/bulletins/NAPLEXMPJE.pdf on the NAPB website and http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/pharmacy/newpharmacist.shtml on the Division of Professional Regulation website.
1.2.3 In order to be made eligible to take either exam, an applicant must submit the appropriate processing fee along with a completed Pharmacist application, which will contain the following information:
22.214.171.124 Proof of completion of all of the requirements for graduation from an approved school or college. Proof of completion should either be a “Certificate of Graduation in Pharmacy” form, a “Foreign pharmacy graduate Committee (FPGEC) Certification or a letter from the pharmacy school or college that the graduate has met all of the requirements for graduation.”
126.96.36.199.1 An approved school or college of pharmacy is an institution which has established standards in its undergraduate degree program which are at least equivalent to the minimum standards for accreditation established by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
188.8.131.52.2 Graduates of schools or colleges of pharmacy located outside of the United States, which have not established standards in their respective undergraduate degree programs but are equivalent to the minimum standards for accreditation established by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, shall be deemed eligible to take the NAPLEX and MPJE examinations. Applicants must provide evidence of successfully passing an equivalency examination recognized by the Board of Pharmacy. Certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) meets the equivalency examination requirement.
184.108.40.206.3 Applicants who have not completed all the practical experience requirements, but who have graduated from an accredited college or have been certified by the NABP Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee are eligible to take the examination. However, applicants will not be fully licensed until all the requirements of the Statute and Regulations are completed.
1.2.4 The Board will re‑confirm the eligibility of an applicant who fails the NAPLEX. The applicant shall be entitled to take a re‑examination at least ninety‑one (91) days following the date of the failure. If an applicant has failed the examination three times, he/she shall be eligible to re-take the NAPLEX, provided that he/she produces evidence of working full‑time as an intern for a period of six months or has attended an accredited college of pharmacy as a registered student for a minimum of one semester consisting of 12 credits during the interim. “College Practical Experience” form or an “affidavit of Intern Experience” must be furnished by the Dean of the College or the preceptor whichever the case may be.
1.2.5 The Board will re‑confirm the eligibility of an applicant who fails the MPJE. The applicant shall be entitled to re‑take the MJPE at least thirty‑one (31) days following the date of the failure. If an applicant has failed the examination three times, he or she shall be eligible to re‑take the examination, provided that he or she produces evidence of working full‑time as an intern for a period of three months or has completed a one semester college course on jurisprudence.
1.3.1 In accordance with the requirements of 24 Del.C. §2515, all Pharmacist applicants, with the exception of reciprocity (licensure transfer) applicants, are required to complete a minimum of 1500 hours of Board approved practical experience under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist before being licensed. A minimum of 1000 hours shall be obtained in the community or hospital settings. The remaining 500 hours may be obtained in other recognized fields of practice, e.g.: Industrial Pharmacist, Drug Information Pharmacist, Military Pharmacist, Mail Order Pharmacist, HMO Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist (Nursing Home, Infusion, Medicaid DUR, Etc.), Home Health Care Pharmacist (may include Durable Medical Equipment, etc.), Nuclear Pharmacist, Compliance Pharmacist, Government Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacist, Contracted Pharmacy Services. If the applicant has not completed the required 1500 hours in another state, he or she will be required to register as an intern in Delaware to complete the required hours.
1.3.2 An applicant for registration as an intern must submit an “Application for Registration of Internship” after entering the first professional year of college of pharmacy. This application must include an “Affidavit of Class Standing” form and an “Affidavit of Preceptor” form. If the applicant is a graduate of a foreign pharmacy school, he/she must produce evidence that he/she has passed an equivalency examination by the Board.
1.3.3 Practical experience must be acquired under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist known as a Preceptor. The Preceptor must be a pharmacist licensed in this State or any other State and must have a minimum of two years of pharmacy practice. A pharmacist affiliated with a College of Pharmacy shall serve as the preceptor for a student participating in the coordinated practical experience program. The Preceptor must certify that the intern has successfully completed all the requirements outlined in the Responsibilities of the Intern professional assessment form.
1.3.4 Practical experience acquired in another State is acceptable if the State Board in which the applicant acquired the hours submits a letter of certification, or if the applicant’s preceptor completes the Delaware State Board of Pharmacy’s Affidavit of Intern Experience form.
1.3.5 The hours accrued during the College of Pharmacy Practical Experience Program may be applied to the 1500 hours total. These hours shall be recorded on the College Practical Experience form supplied by the Board. Registration as an intern in this State is not required for school experience.
1.3.7 Applicants who have not completed all of the practical experience requirements, but who have graduated from an accredited college or have been certified by the NAPB Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee are eligible to take the NAPLEX and/or MPJE examination. However, applicants will not be fully licensed until all the requirements of the licensing statute and regulations are completed. For more information on exam eligibility, please see Reg 1.2 or the Board’s website at: http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/pharmacy/newpharmacist.shtml.
1.4.2 Hardship ‑ Hardship exemptions may be granted by the Board of Pharmacy upon receipt of evidence that the individual was unable to complete the requirements due to circumstances beyond his control.
220.127.116.11 Applicant must notify the Board in writing concerning the nature of the hardship and the time needed for an extension. In case of medical disability, a letter from the physician with supporting documentation to corroborate the condition and the length of time of extension needed.
1.4.4 Persons who are newly licensed after the registration period begins, must complete continuing education units proportional to the total number of continuing education units required for the biennial licensure renewal. (1.25 hours/per month).
18.104.22.168 Any in‑state organization may apply to the Board on forms provided by the Board for initial qualification as an approved provider. The Board shall accept or reject any such application by written notice to such organization within 60 days after receipt of its application. If an organization is approved, the Board will issue a certificate or other notification of qualification to it, which approval shall be effective for a period of two years and shall be renewable upon the fulfillment of all requirements for renewal as set forth by the Board.
22.214.171.124 The Board may revoke or suspend an approval of a provider or refuse to renew such approval if the provider fails to maintain the standards and specifications required. The Board shall serve written notice on the provider by mail or personal delivery at its address as shown on its most current application specifying the reason for suspension, revocation, or failure to renew. The provider so affected shall, upon written request to the Board within ten days after service of the notice, be granted a prompt hearing before the Board at which time it will be permitted to introduce matters in person, or by its counsel, to defend itself against such revocation, suspension, or failure to renew, in accordance with the provisions set forth in the State's Administrative Procedures Act.
1.5.4 Criteria for Approval of Delaware State Providers. Only applicants who are located within the State of Delaware are eligible. Such Continuing Education providers shall provide evidence of ability to meet the following criteria or approval as a Continuing Pharmaceutical Education Provider. Other persons must apply through ACPE for approval or be acceptable to other Boards of Pharmacy that certify continuing education for relicensure.
126.96.36.199.4 If an approved provider presents programs in co‑sponsorship with other non‑approved provider(s), the approved provider has the total responsibility for assurance of quality of that program. If more than one approved provider co‑sponsors a program, they have the joint responsibility for assuring quality.
188.8.131.52.5.2.2 In cases where the participants' physical presence is required, C.E. credit will only be awarded for that portion of the program which concerns itself with the lecture(s), evaluation and question and answer segments.
184.108.40.206.5.2.3 The measure of credit shall be a fifty‑minute contact hour. In the case of other programs such as home study courses, the amount of credit awarded shall be determined by assessing the amount of time the activity would require for completion by the participant if delivered in a more formal and structured format.
220.127.116.11.5.2.5 The provider must present to the participant a form or certificate as documentation of the completion of the program. The form must be at least 4" x 6" and no larger than 8 1/2" x 11". That certificate must show the name, address, and license number of the participant, the name of the provider, the title and date of the program, the number of credits earned, and an authorized signature from the provider.
18.104.22.168.1 Such programs shall involve effective advance planning. A statement of educational goals and/or behaviors must be included in promotional materials. Such objectives and goals must be measurable and accessible to evaluation. In determining program content, providers shall involve appropriate members of the intended audience in order to satisfy the educational needs of the participants. All programs of approved providers should pertain to the general areas of professional pharmacy practices which should include, but not be limited to:
22.214.171.124.4 It is the responsibility of the provider to be sure that the programs are continuously upgraded to meet educational objectives of the Practice of Pharmacy. The needs of the pharmacist participant must be considered in choosing the method of delivery. Innovation in presentations is encouraged within the limits of budget resources and facilities. Whatever method of delivery is used, it must include the participation of the pharmacist as much as possible within the program, i.e. questions and answers, workshops, etc.
126.96.36.199 Facilities. The facilities shall be adequate for the size of the audience, properly equipped (all appropriate audio/‑visual media materials), well lighted and ventilated to induce a proper learning experience.
188.8.131.52.2 Provider evaluation ‑ a provider shall also develop an instrument for the use of the participant in evaluating the effectiveness of the program including the level of fulfillment of stated objectives.
1.5.5 Criteria for Awarding Continuing Education Credits. Individual programs must meet the criteria for provider approval in order to be considered. In those cases where the provider is not an ACPE provider, nor a Board of Pharmacy approved provider, a registrant may complete an application provided by the Board for approval of individual programs.
184.108.40.206 In order to receive full credit for non ACPE approved programs of three or more hours in length, evidence of a pre and post test must be presented. Automatic 25% deduction if no pre and post test presented.
220.127.116.11.1 Any pharmacist whose primary responsibility is not the education of health professionals, who leads, instructs or lectures to groups of nurses, physicians, pharmacists or others on pharmacy related topics in organized continuing education or inservice programs, shall be granted continuing education credit for such time expended during actual presentation, upon adequate documentation to the Delaware Board of Pharmacy.
18.104.22.168.2 Any pharmacist whose primary responsibility is the education of health professionals shall be granted continuing education credit only for time expended in leading, instructing, or lecturing to groups of physicians, pharmacists, nurses or others on pharmacy related topics outside his/her formal course responsibilities (that is, lectures or instructions must be prepared specifically for each program) in a learning institution.
22.214.171.124.3 Credit for presentations of in‑service training programs or other lectures shall be granted only for topics meeting the criteria for continuing pharmacy education, and shall be granted only once for any given program or lecture. (Any topic completely revised would be eligible for consideration.)
126.96.36.199.1 The Board of Pharmacy does not as a general rule encourage the submission of "on the job training" for fulfilling the continuing education requirements. All programs meeting this definition shall be reviewed on an individual basis.
1.6 The Verification of Continuing Education ‑ A pharmacist shall retain the supporting documentation, such as certification of completion for a minimum of six years. The Board will randomly audit the documentation of at least 10% of licensed pharmacists every biennial term. Supporting documentation may be requested for up to six years. Pharmacists who were not selected for audit do not send supporting documentation to the Board. Submitting a false documentation may constitute grounds for discipline under 24 Del.C. §2518 (a)(1).
1.7.1 An applicant for licensure by reciprocity shall meet the requirements of 24 Del.C. §2510 and shall:
188.8.131.52 get fingerprinted at your local police agency and have the original state and federal criminal history record or statement that there is no criminal history record sent directly to the Board office.
1.7.2 Reciprocity applicants who took examinations after June 1, 1979, must have passed the NAPLEX or an examination deemed equivalent by the Board and obtained scores required for applicants for licensure by examination.
1.8 Late Renewal - If a pharmacist license or pharmacy permit expire for failure to renew before the deadline, the license or permit may be renewed at any time within the 60 days immediately following expiration upon application and payment of the renewal fee and a late fee. In accordance with 24 Del.C. §§2507 and 2526, it is unlawful for a licensee or permittee to practice or operate while their license or permit is expired. All late pharmacist license renewals will be audited for compliance with the CE renewal requirement.
2.1 Conduct that may merit discipline pursuant to 24 Del.C. §2518(a) includes but is not limited to the following act(s):
2.1.11 Dispensing any legend drugs either for personal use or for use by another person without a valid order from a prescriber. Valid prescription means that it is not only written correctly, but is for a medical use (i.e. prescriptions written "as directed" are prohibited);
2.2 Pharmacists may, in good faith and upon reasonable belief, withhold suspected forged prescriptions for release to law enforcement. When, in the judgment of the pharmacist, it is not prudent or possible to retain a suspected forged prescription, the pharmacist may exercise the option of making and retaining a copy of the prescription for release to law enforcement. Reporting the incident to law enforcement supports the personal responsibility of the dispensing pharmacist to be constantly vigilant against forged or altered prescriptions.
3.1.1 Application for permit to operate a pharmacy in the State of Delaware must be on a form approved by the Board. The form shall include the statement to be signed by the pharmacist in charge, "I understand that I am responsible for conducting and managing the prescription department in compliance with applicable State and Federal laws."
184.108.40.206 Establish procedures within operation that maintain standard of practice as it relates to the dispensing of pharmaceuticals and refusal to dispense pharmaceuticals based on the religious, moral, or ethical beliefs of the dispensing pharmacist. These procedures shall include proper supervision of supportive personnel and delegation of authority to another pharmacist when not on duty.
220.127.116.11 Conducting an annual inspection of the pharmacy using the Board approved “pharmacist-in-charge self-inspection report” by February 1st of each year. The completed self-inspection report must be signed and dated by the pharmacist-in-charge and maintained on premises for three years in a form readily retrievable and available to Board inspectors.
18.104.22.168.1 A new or incoming pharmacist-in-charge must complete the “pharmacist-in-charge self-inspection report” within thirty days of assuming the duties of pharmacist-in-charge and annually thereafter by February 1st.
3.2 Owner's Affidavit. The owner or owners and, in the case of a corporation, an authorized official of the corporation must present an affidavit properly notarized containing the statement, "I hereby swear or affirm that the foregoing statements are correct and do hereby agree to abide by the pharmacy laws of the State of Delaware and to all rules and regulations of the Delaware State Board of Pharmacy." The Board must be notified within 10 days of change of ownership.
22.214.171.124 Equipment may include such things as prescription scale, metric graduates, mortars and pestles, filter paper, spatulas, funnel, stirring rod, ointment slab or papers, distilled water, and prescription/physician order files.
3.3.2 References: Each pharmacy shall maintain a library of the latest edition and supplements of current reference sources, either hard copy or electronically accessible, appropriate to the individual pharmacy practice and to the care of the patients served. References must:
3.4.2 Sufficient environmental control, i.e. lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling to maintain the integrity of drugs and devices. The area in which drugs and devices are stored shall be accurately monitored using control devices to maintain room temperature between 59 degrees and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
3.4.3 The pharmacy department or prescription area must contain a sink with hot and cold running water. It must be large enough to accommodate the equipment appropriate to the individual pharmacy practice.
3.5 Building Standards. An application to operate a new pharmacy must include (3) copies of floor plans drawn to scale of the proposed prescription department. The floor plans must include the following:
3.5.2 An area which assures patient privacy will be provided to facilitate counseling. This area must afford the patient privacy from auditory detection by any unauthorized person or persons. An area partitioned by a 5 foot divider on 2 sides with a minimum of 9 square feet would satisfy this requirement in most settings.
3.5.3 The floor plans shall include the location of the sink, all doors, storage room, approved Schedule II controlled substance safe, and the method of securing the prescription department from floor to ceiling, when the prescription department is closed and the remainder of the store is open.
3.5.4 The floor plans must include the type of alarm system to be installed, and the name, address and phone number of alarm provider. The alarm system, as required by Regulation 5 of the Delaware Controlled Substance Act, must be reviewed and approved for compliance by the Office of Controlled Substances.
3.5.5 The above requirements shall also apply for any remodeling or change of location of the prescription department. The pharmacist‑in‑charge or applicant for permit must submit the floor plans requirements to the Delaware Board of Pharmacy. The pharmacist-in-charge shall notify the Board within fifteen days after the completion of any remodeling.
3.6 Security. When the pharmacist is not physically present and the operation is open for business, the pharmacy department shall be physically or electronically secured from floor to ceiling. The partitioned off section required by 24 Del.C. §2533 must be five feet high measured from the floor. A conspicuous sign with letters not less than three inches in height, reading "PRESCRIPTION LABORATORY TEMPORARILY CLOSED, NO PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RENDERED," or words of similar import, must be posted in the front section of the operation or in front of the prescription area, room or partitioned off section where it can be seen by the public.
3.7 Board Interview. Applicants for permit to operate a pharmacy in the State of Delaware must appear before the Board for an interview. The owner or authorized official must be present in addition to the pharmacist‑in‑charge. Whenever there is a change of pharmacist‑in‑charge, if that person has never held that position in the State of Delaware, he/she must appear before the Board for an interview within ninety days after assuming the position.
3.8 Technician Support. The pharmacy permit holder shall ensure that, at all times that the pharmacy department is open for business, there shall be at least one fully trained technician immediately available in the facility to assist in the pharmacy at the pharmacist's request. A schedule of technician support shall be readily available to the pharmacists at all times.
3.9 A conspicuous sign with letters not less than three-quarter inches in height, reading “patients may request the lot numbers and expiration dating for their dispensed medication at the time of prescription drop-off” or words of similar import, must be posted in the front section of the operation or in front of the prescription area, room or partitioned-off section where it can be seen by the public.
The Executive Secretary of the Delaware State Board of Pharmacy shall be notified by letter via certified mail, or hand delivered written notification of the intent to close a licensed Delaware pharmacy. The Executive Secretary shall be notified at least 14 days in advance of the closing date. In the event of death of the owner/pharmacist‑in‑charge, the Executive Secretary will be notified immediately.
The closing procedure will be completed by a Delaware licensed pharmacist-in-charge or in the event of death, a Delaware licensed pharmacist designated to perform the closing procedure. Should the permit to operate a pharmacy be revoked or suspended by the Delaware State Board of Pharmacy, the procedure following such action will be directed by the Board. The Delaware Board of Pharmacy and its authorized agents will enforce this regulation under the authority of 24 Delaware Code, Section 2535.
Should the pharmacy be sold, including prescription drugs, or if the prescription drugs are sold separately, the Board of Pharmacy must be notified to verify that the buyer is currently licensed to possess these drugs.
4.1.6 All above procedures must be accomplished within 7 days after closing or upon discretion of the Executive Secretary. Drugs must be properly secured in accordance with all laws and regulations until they are removed.
4.2.1 The Board office must be notified according to 24 Del.C. §2528.
4.2.3 A public notice must be posted in a highly visible place within the prescription department at least 5 days prior to the temporary closing of a pharmacy (24 Del.C. §2528(B)) and also on a window visible to the public from outside the store. The notice must state:
4.2.4 If the closing extends past the date given to the Board office, the pharmacy would automatically be put into the status of a permanently closed pharmacy and procedure established by Board regulation must be followed.
5.1 The practice of dispensing shall include, but not be limited to the following acts which shall be performed only by a pharmacist, or a pharmacy intern or student participating in an approved College of Pharmacy coordinated, practical experience program under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.
5.1.4 Prior to dispensing a prescription to the patient or agent of the patient the pharmacist must verify that the medication in the container is as labeled. Pharmacies must include a description of their verification process in their policy and procedures manual.
5.1.5 Before dispensing or delivering a new medication to a patient or his or her agent, a pharmacist or pharmacy intern or student participating in an approved College of Pharmacy coordinated practical experience program and working under the direct supervision of the pharmacist, shall conduct a prospective drug review. A prospective drug review may be conducted before refilling a prescription to the extent deemed appropriate. A prospective drug review shall include screening for potential drug therapy problems due to therapeutic duplication, drug‑drug interactions, including serious interactions with over‑the‑counter drugs, drug‑disease contraindications, if disease is known, incorrect drug dosage or duration of drug treatment, drug‑allergy interactions, and clinical abuse or misuse based on available information received by the pharmacist.
5.1.6 Compounding is the responsibility of the pharmacist. All compounding must be in compliance with FFDCA Section 503A and any regulations promulgated by FDA concerning compounding pertaining to this section. The pharmacist may utilize the assistance of a certified pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a pharmacist if:
126.96.36.199 A log is maintained showing the identity of the person actually compounding the medication and the identity of the pharmacist who has performed each of the checks indicated above for each step of the procedure. If policies and procedures are in place ensuring adequate checks by the pharmacist per regulation, the requirement for a log will be waived.
5.1.8 Automatic Dispensing Devices. If any automatic counting device is used by a pharmacy, each cell shall have clearly displayed thereon, the date filled, the name of the drug, the batch number, the manufacturer's name, and the expiration date of the particular batch number unless the information is stored electronically and readily retrievable. No drug can be added to the cell until the present supply is depleted unless the drug is of the same lot number and expiration date.
5.1.9 Authorization for renewal of prescriptions. A prescription written for medication which, pursuant to State and Federal law, may be sold, dispensed, or furnished only upon prescription, shall not be renewed without specific authorization of the prescriber. The pharmacist shall in his/her professional judgment refill prescriptions in keeping with the number of doses ordered and the directions for use. Refills beyond one year of the date of the original prescription shall not be dispensed without further authorization of the prescriber.
188.8.131.52 A patient profile record system must be maintained at all pharmacies for persons for whom prescriptions are dispensed. The patient profile system shall be devised so as to entitle the immediate retrieval of information necessary to enable the dispensing pharmacist to identify previously dispensed medication at the time a prescription is presented for dispensing.
184.108.40.206 The pharmacist or pharmacy intern under the direct supervision of a pharmacist shall attempt to ascertain and shall record any allergies and idiosyncrasies of the patient and any chronic disease states and frequently used over‑the‑counter medication as communicated to the pharmacist by the patient. If the answer is none, this must be indicated on the profile.
220.127.116.11 Upon receipt of a new prescription, a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or student participating in a College of Pharmacy practical experience program under the direct supervision of a pharmacist must examine the patient’s profile record before dispensing the medication to determine the possibility of a harmful drug interaction or reaction. Upon recognizing a potential harmful reaction or interaction, the pharmacist shall take appropriate action to avoid or minimize the problem and shall, if necessary, consult with the prescriber.
18.104.22.168.1 The request comes from a registered pharmacist or pharmacy intern or student participating in an approved College of Pharmacy coordinated practical experience program under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.
22.214.171.124.2 The copy is immediately reduced to writing and contains the information required on a written prescription as listed in Regulation 5.0, and includes the first and last name of the pharmacist transmitting the information.
126.96.36.199.7 A notation indicating a copy was given and refills are no longer valid must be placed on either the original prescription or patient profile. The document used must be the same one used for the recording of refills per the pharmacy's policy.
188.8.131.52 Profiles. When ADP'S are used to maintain patient profile records, all the requirements of Delaware Pharmacy Regulation 5.0 must be met. In addition, there must be readily retrievable records that identify the responsible pharmacist(s) for each step in the dispensing and counseling processes; and a mechanism for tracking the prescription drug order during each step in the dispensing process and to identify all pharmacies involved in the dispensing of the and/or processing of the medication. The system must be adequately secured in order to protect the confidentiality and integrity of patient information.
184.108.40.206 Records of Dispensing. Records of dispensing for original and refill prescriptions are to be made and kept by pharmacies for three years. Information must be immediately accessible for a period of not less than one year from the date of last entry. Information beyond one year but up to three years from the date of last entry may be maintained off‑line but must be produced no later than five days upon request from proper authorities. The information shall include, but not be limited to:
220.127.116.11.7 Records kept pursuant to this section may be maintained in an alternative data retention system, such as a direct digital imaging system, provided that: the records maintained in the alternative data retention system contain all of the information required in a manual record; the data processing system is capable of producing a hard copy of the electronic record on the request of the Board, its representative, or any law enforcement agency; and the digital images are recorded and stored only by means of a technology that does not allow subsequent revision or replacement of the images.
18.104.22.168 Record Retrieval (Documentation of Activity). Any such ADPS must provide via CRT display and or hard copy printout a current history of all authorized prescription activity. This information shall include, but not be limited to:
22.214.171.124 Auxiliary Recordkeeping System. An auxiliary recordkeeping system shall be established for the documentation of renewals if the ADPS is inoperative for any reason. The auxiliary system shall insure that all renewals are authorized by the original prescription and that the maximum number of renewals is not exceeded. When the ADPS is restored to operation, the information regarding prescriptions dispensed and renewed during the inoperative period shall be entered into the automated data processing system.
126.96.36.199 Common Data Base. Two or more pharmacies may establish and use a common data file or base to maintain required or pertinent dispensing information. Pharmacies using such a common file are not required to transfer prescriptions or information for dispensing purposes between or among pharmacies participating in the same common prescription file or data base; provided however, any such common file must contain complete and adequate records of such prescription and renewals dispensed. Where common data base is used, this shall not be considered a transfer under Board Regulation 5.0 for non‑controlled substances.
188.8.131.52 Transfer of Prescriptions via Automated Data Processing (ADP). A pharmacist may transfer a prescription electronically (ADP) for Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances to another pharmacy for renewal purposes in accordance with Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations Section 1306. A pharmacist may transfer a prescription electronically (ADP) for non‑controlled drug for renewal purposes in accordance with current State Regulations.
184.108.40.206.2 A pharmacy shall make arrangements with the supplier of data processing services or materials to assure that the pharmacy continues to have adequate and complete prescription and dispensing records if the relationship with such supplier terminates for any reason. A pharmacy shall assure continuity in maintenance of records.
220.127.116.11.3 The computer record shall reflect the fact that the prescription order has been transferred, the name of the pharmacy to which it was transferred, the date of transfer, the name of the pharmacist transferring information, and any remaining refill information, if applicable.
18.104.22.168.5 To maintain the confidentiality of patient's prescriptions (drug orders) or other pertinent records, there must exist adequate safeguards of security. This shall also pertain to prevent non‑user access.
22.214.171.124.2 identify the transmitter’s phone number for verbal confirmation, the time and date of transmission, and the identity of the Pharmacy intended to receive the transmission, as well as any other information required by Federal or State law;
126.96.36.199 The prescribing Practitioner may authorize his agent to communicate a Prescription Drug Order orally or by way of Electronic Transmission to a Pharmacist in a licensed Pharmacy, provided that the identity of the transmitting agent is included in the order.
188.8.131.52 The Pharmacist shall exercise professional judgment regarding the accuracy, validity, and authenticity of the Prescription Drug Order communicated by way of Electronic Transmission consistent with existing Federal or State laws and rules.
184.108.40.206 Persons other than those bound by a confidentiality agreement shall not have access to Pharmacy records containing Confidential Information or personally identifiable information concerning the Pharmacy’s patients.
220.127.116.11.1 The prescription order shall include the fax number of the transmitter, the number of transmitted pages, the name, phone number, and fax number of the pharmacy intended to receive the transmission, and a confidentiality statement in bold type stating the electronic transmission should not be seen by unauthorized persons.
18.104.22.168.5 Both non‑controlled and controlled substance prescriptions may be transmitted via facsimile following state and federal requirements. All prescription orders for controlled substances shall be hand‑signed by the practitioner.
22.214.171.124 Products under the direct control of a health care professional which are packaged in manufacturer unit dose or tamper‑proof unopened bulk containers, tamper proof seal in tact, including unused multi‑dose punch cards, and which have been stored under USPNF (United States Pharmacopeia/National Formulary) conditions, may be redispensed in accordance with expiration dating. The pharmacist must examine the medication prior to re-dispensing for obvious signs of misbranding or adulteration. Partially used products may not be redispensed. Nothing in this regulation precludes the Federal laws and regulations.
126.96.36.199 Dispensed medications returned by the public shall be properly disposed of in accordance with Delaware Controlled Substance laws and regulations and the federal Controlled Substance Act, 21 CFR 1300 to the end. Proposed disposal methods must be authorized by the Delaware Office of Controlled Substances and federal authority.
188.8.131.52.2 have a written contract outlining the services to be provided and the responsibilities and accountabilities of each party in fulfilling the terms of said contract in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations; and
184.108.40.206 The parties performing or contracting for centralized prescription processing services shall maintain a policy and procedures manual and documentation that implementation is occurring in a manner that shall be made available to the Board for review upon request and that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
220.127.116.11.6 The maintenance of a quality assurance program for pharmacy services designed to objectively and systematically monitor and evaluate the quality and appropriateness of patient care, pursue opportunities to improve patient care, and resolve identified problems.
18.104.22.168 In addition to the requirements of 24 Del.C. §2536, all drugs dispensed to a patient that have been filled via a centralized prescription processing system shall bear a label containing an identifiable code that provides a complete audit trail of the dispensing of the drug and pharmaceutical care activities.
22.214.171.124 Any pharmacy where prescriptions are processed and/or dispensed via central fill must notify their patents using signage clearly visible to patients in the pharmacy department that part or parts of their prescription may be processed at a location other than where it is dispensed.
126.96.36.199 In addition to a QA program any pharmacy where prescriptions are processed and/or dispensed via central fill must record and track medication errors and potential errors and identify the system breakdown responsible for the errors and potential errors. Such records must be readily available for inspection.
5.2.1 Prior to dispensing a prescriptive medication to a new patient, a new medication to an existing patient or a medication that has had a change in the dose, strength, route of administration or directions for use, a pharmacist, or a registered intern or pharmacy student working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, shall provide verbal counseling to the patient on pertinent medication information. The counseling may include, but not be limited to the following:
5.2.2 This section does not apply to a pharmacist dispensing drugs for inpatient use in a hospital or other institution where the drug is to be administered by a nurse or other appropriate health care provider.
5.2.3 Nothing in this section requires a pharmacist or pharmacy intern or student participating in an approved College of Pharmacy coordinated practical experience program and working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, to provide patient counseling when a patient refuses the counseling. There must be a record in a uniform place that documents a patient's acceptance or refusal of counseling.
5.2.4 If the dispensed prescription is delivered by an agent of the pharmacy when the pharmacist is not present (i.e. home delivery, pharmacist off duty and non-resident pharmacies), or if an agent is picking up the prescription for the patient, written or printed information shall be included with the prescription. The patient or his/her agent shall be provided with the pharmacist’s contact information and informed that the pharmacist will be available for consultation.
“Central Nervous System” Central nervous system stimulants are drugs which increase the activity of some portion of the brain or spinal cord. Drugs which act upon the cerebral cortex and subcortical structures including the thalamus (e.g. methylphenidate, etc.) increase motor activity and enhance mental alertness; those which act upon the sensory areas in the brain (e.g. caffeine and its various combinations) increase alertness, brighten spirits and combat mental fatigue; those which act directly or reflexly on the medulla (e.g. nikethamide, pentylenetetrazol and picrotoxin) stimulate the respiratory center; those which act on the spinal cord (e.g. nux vomica and strychnine) facilitate and exaggerate spinal reflexes.
6.2 The Delaware State Board of Pharmacy hereby adopts the rules and regulations officially prescribed for the enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and Acts amendatory thereof, as far as applicable. This regulation is promulgated to comply with directive in Title 16 Del.C. §3315 paragraph b.
6.3 Anyone who repacks and labels drugs in convenient quantities for their own subsequent use must maintain a log on the premises showing the date prepacked, the quantity prepacked, the control number, expiration date and name and strength of the drug. Prepacking must be done under the supervision of a registered pharmacist or any other person authorized to dispense under 24 Del.C. §2513. Each container must have a label containing the name of the drug, its strength, the manufacturer's control number, the expiration date if applicable, the name of the manufacturer, or the name and strength of the drug and a conference code number which would enable the control number, manufacturer and expiration date to be retrieved from the log. Nothing in this regulation precludes the Federal laws and regulations.
6.3.1 Beyond use date for single unit and unit dose containers. The beyond use date for these products shall be one year or less, unless the stability data or the manufacturer's labeling indicates otherwise. To use this date, the dispenser repacking the product must maintain the facility and packaging at controlled room temperature not to exceed 25°C. The plastic material used for repacking must provide better protection against moisture permeation than polyvinyl chloride.
6.4 All biologicals, vaccines, drugs, chemicals, preparations and compounds must be packaged, labeled, stored and preserved in compliance with USP/NF and all other State and Federal standards. A pharmacist may, with the permission of the patient or the patient's agent, provide a “Customized Patient Medication Package”. The containers shall meet all of the requirements of the USP/NF standard entitled, "Customized Patient Medication Package." Packaging of controlled substances in a “Customized Patient Medication Package” is prohibited.
7.4 Storage ‑ All medications must be stored in compliance with USP/NF standards. Example: 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit for drugs requiring refrigeration. 59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit for drugs requiring storage at room temperature. All medications must be stored at the registered premise.
7.5 Security ‑ Drugs requiring a prescription must be secured in a manner to prohibit access by unauthorized person. Self‑service display of veterinary drugs which require a prescription is prohibited.
7.6 Labeling ‑ A medication dispensed must be labeled in compliance with 24 Del.C. §2536 and other applicable State and Federal Statutes and Regulations.
7.8.2 The written order of confirmation of an oral order must be maintained in a separate file at the registered premise. These documents shall be consecutively numbered. If a written order is not received within 72 hours, the seller must notify the Board of Pharmacy.
7.9 All required records shall at all times be opened to inspection by duly authorized persons. Inspections by duly authorized personnel will be conducted during normal business hours per the authority granted in 24 Del.C. §2535.
8.1 Definitions. Words and terms defined in Title 24, Chapter 25 of the Delaware Code are applicable to these regulations. The following additional words and terms, when used within Regulation 8.0, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
188.8.131.52 “Common control,” as used in 24 Del.C. §2502(t)(3), means the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person or an organization, whether by ownership of stock, voting rights, by contract, or otherwise.
184.108.40.206 “Emergency medical distributions,” as provided for by 24 Del.C. §2502(t)(4), may include, but is not limited to: transfers of a drug between a wholesale distributor and pharmacy to alleviate a temporary shortage of the drug arising from delays in or interruption of distribution schedules arranged in the ordinary course of business; or transfers of drugs by a licensed pharmacy or limited services permit holder to another licensed pharmacy or limited services permit holder. In all cases, transfers conducted pursuant to emergency medical reasons may be reviewed by the Board. Such transfers shall not exceed 5.0% of the total drug sales revenue of either the transferor or transferee pharmacy during any 12 consecutive month period.
8.2 Permit Requirements. Wholesale distributors that operate within this state, whether or not the wholesale distributor is physically located within this state, must first be granted a permit by the Board.
220.127.116.11 All trade or business names used by the permittee, e.g. “doing business as” or “formerly known as.” Trade or business names cannot be identical to the name used by another, unrelated wholesale distributor permitted to purchase drugs in the state;
18.104.22.168.2 If a partnership: the full name, business address, Social Security number, and date of birth of each partner; the name of the partnership; and the partnership’s federal employer identification number;
22.214.171.124.3 If a corporation not publicly traded on a major stock exchange: the full name, business address, Social Security number, date of birth, and title of corporate officers and directors; the corporate name or names; the name of the state of incorporation; the corporation’s federal employer identification number; the name of the parent company, if any; and the full name, business address, and Social Security number of each shareholder owning 10% or more of the voting stock of the corporation, including over-the-counter (OTC) stock, unless the stock is traded on a major stock exchange and not OTC;
126.96.36.199.4 If a sole proprietorship: the full name, business address, Social Security number, and date of birth of the sole proprietor; and the name and federal employer identification number of the business entity;
188.8.131.52 Assurance that a copy of the wholesale distributor’s written policies and procedures, required by Regulation 8.6, will be available at the distributor’s site for review prior to licensure and thereafter for inspection;
184.108.40.206 A list of all state and federal licenses, registrations, or permits, including the license, registration, or permit numbers, authorizing the wholesale distributor to purchase, possess, and distribute drugs;
220.127.116.11 A copy of the deed or lease for the property on which the wholesale distributor’s establishment is located. If leased, the lease must be for an original term of not less than one (1) calendar year.
8.2.4 Wholesale distribution facilities must undergo an inspection by the Board or its authorized agent prior to initial licensure and periodically thereafter in accordance with a schedule to be determined by the Board.
8.2.6 All out-of-state wholesale distributors must comply with all rules, regulations, and laws of the state in which they are physically located and of all states in which they hold permits, including this state.
8.2.7 Information submitted to the Board or its authorized agent that is considered trade secret or proprietary information as defined under Delaware privacy, trade secret, and proprietary information laws shall be maintained accordingly and as required by law and be exempt from public disclosure.
18.104.22.168 The Board shall consider the results of a criminal and financial background check of the applicant to determine if an applicant or others associated with the ownership, management, or operations of the wholesale distributor have committed criminal acts that would constitute grounds for denial of licensure. The background check shall include all key personnel involved in the operations of the wholesale distributor. Key personnel includes, but is not limited to: the most senior individual or individuals responsible for facility operations, purchasing, and inventory control and the individual or individuals he or they report to; if the applicant is a corporation and not publicly traded on a major stock exchange, key personnel also includes: key company officers, key management, principals, and key owners. The background check will be conducted in compliance with any applicable federal, state, or local laws. The background check will be conducted at the applicant's expense and will be sufficient to include all states of residence since the individuals have been adults. Manufacturers shall be exempt from criminal and financial background checks.
8.3.5 Suspension, sanction or revocation by Federal, State, or local government against any license or permit currently or previously held by the applicant or any of its owners for violations of any Federal, State or local laws relating to drugs;
8.3.7 Compliance with the requirements to maintain and/or make available to the Board authority or to Federal, State, or local law enforcement officials those records required to be maintained by wholesale distributors.
8.4.1 Require each individual employed in any drug wholesale distribution activity to have any combination of education, training, and experience sufficient for that individual to perform the assigned functions in such a manner as to provide assurance that the drug product quality, safety, and security will at all times be maintained as required by law;
8.4.2 Maintain records evidencing that each employee has been trained in accordance with the policy and procedure manual approved required by Regulation 8.6. These records shall be kept for two (2) years from the date of separation of the employee from the company. Records on all current employees shall be available at any time for inspection;
8.4.3 Designate a registered agent in this state for service of process. Any permitted wholesale distributor that does not so designate a registered agent shall be deemed to have designated the Secretary of State of Delaware to be its true and lawful attorney, upon whom may be served all legal processes in any action or proceeding against such permitted wholesale distributor growing out of or arising from its activities in this state. A copy of any such service of process shall be mailed to the wholesale distributor by the Board via certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, at the address the permitted wholesale distributor has designated on its application for permit in Delaware. If a wholesale distributor is not permitted in Delaware, service on the Secretary of State only shall be sufficient service; and
8.4.4 Ensure that all key personnel have at least an associate’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education acceptable to the Board or a minimum of two (2) years of verifiable full-time managerial or supervisory experience acceptable to the Board in a licensed pharmacy or wholesale distributor where the individual’s responsibilities included, but were not limited to, recordkeeping, storage, and shipment of drugs. Key personnel includes, but is not limited to: the most senior individual or individuals responsible for facility operations, purchasing, and inventory control and the individual or individuals he or they report to; if the applicant is a corporation and not publicly traded on a major stock exchange, key personnel also includes: key company officers, key management, principals, and key owners.
8.5 Minimum Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Drugs and for Establishment and Maintenance of Drug Records. The following are required for the storage, handling, transport, and shipment of drugs and for the establishment and maintenance of wholesale distribution records by permitted wholesale distributors and their officers, agents, representatives, and employees:
22.214.171.124 Be of suitable construction to ensure that all drugs in the facility are maintained in accordance with each drug’s product labeling or in compliance with the United States Pharmacopeia/National Formulary (USP/NF);
126.96.36.199 Have adequate storage areas that provide adequate lighting, ventilation, temperature, sanitation, humidity, space, equipment, and security conditions. If no storage requirements are established for a drug, the drug may be held at "controlled" room temperature, as defined in the USP/NF, to help ensure that its identity, strength, quality, and purity are not adversely affected. Appropriate manual, electromechanical, or electronic temperature and humidity recording equipment, devices, or logs shall be utilized to document proper storage of drugs;
188.8.131.52 Have a quarantine area for storage of drugs that are: outdated; damaged; deteriorated; misbranded; adulterated; counterfeit, or suspected of being counterfeit; otherwise unfit for distribution; or are in immediate or sealed secondary containers that have been opened;
184.108.40.206 Provide for the secure and confidential storage of information with restricted access by developing and adhering to policies and procedures to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the information;
220.127.116.11 Maintain records of sources of the drugs, the identity and quantity of the drugs received and distributed or disposed of, and the date of receipt and distribution or other disposition of the drugs;
18.104.22.168 Have records available for inspection and photocopying by the authorized federal, state, or local law enforcement agency officials for a period of three (3) years following the disposition of the drugs. Records shall be kept at the inspection site or must be immediately retrievable by computer or other electronic means. Records may be kept at a central location apart from the inspection site and not electronically retrievable. Such records shall be made available for inspection within two (2) working days of a request by an authorized official of a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency.
8.5.3 Wholesale distributors involved in the distribution of controlled substances shall be duly registered with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the appropriate state agency and in compliance with all applicable laws and rules for the storage, handling, transport, shipment, and distribution of controlled substances.
8.6 Written Policies and Procedures. Wholesale distributors shall establish, maintain, and adhere to written policies and procedures for the receipt, security, storage, inventory, transport, shipping, and distribution of drugs. Wholesale distributors shall also establish, maintain, and adhere to written policies and procedures for: identifying, recording, and reporting losses or thefts; for correcting all errors and inaccuracies in inventories; and implementing and maintaining a continuous quality improvement system. Wholesale distributors shall include in their written policies and procedures the following:
8.6.2 A procedure to ensure that wholesale distributors prepare for, protect against, and handle any crisis that affects security or operation of any facility in the event of a strike, fire, flood, other natural disaster, or other situations of local, state, or national emergency.
8.6.3 A procedure to ensure that any outdated drugs shall be segregated from other drugs and either returned to the manufacturer or destroyed in accordance with federal, state, or local laws, including all necessary documentation and the appropriate witnessing. This procedure shall provide for written documentation of the disposition of outdated drugs. This documentation shall be maintained for three (3) years after disposition of the outdated drugs.
8.6.4 A procedure for reporting criminal or suspected criminal activities involving the inventory of a drug or drugs to the Board, FDA, and, if applicable, DEA and the Office of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (ONDD) within three (3) business days.
8.7 Salvaging and Reprocessing. Wholesale distributors shall be subject to the provisions of any applicable Federal, State, or local laws or rules that relate to drug product salvaging or reprocessing.
8.8.2 Shall be equipped with a security system that will provide suitable protection against theft and diversion. Appropriateness of security systems is subject to approval by the Board or its authorized agent. When appropriate, the security system shall provide protection against theft or diversion that is facilitated or hidden by tampering with computers or electronic records.
8.8.4 Shall be equipped with security systems to protect the integrity and confidentiality of data and documents and make such data and documents readily available to the Board and other federal, state, or local law enforcement officials; and
8.8.5 May possess and maintain, in good working order, technology and equipment that allows the wholesale distributor to authenticate, track, and trace drugs. The technology and equipment shall satisfy standards set by the Board and shall only be used to conduct tracking, tracing, and authentication of drugs. Wholesale distributors shall employ, train, and document the training of personnel in the proper use of such technology and equipment.
A hospital pharmacy is defined as a pharmacy registered with the Board located in a hospital facility. "Hospital pharmacy" shall not include a pharmacy operated by a hospital facility at a location other than the site of a permanent facility at which in‑patient care and medical services are rendered.
9.2.1 Director of Pharmacy. The storage, compounding, repackaging, dispensing and distribution of drugs by a hospital pharmacy shall be under the direction, supervision and responsibility of the pharmacist‑in‑charge, hereinafter referred to as the Director of Pharmacy, who shall be responsible for operating the pharmacy in compliance with appropriate State and Federal Statutes and Regulations. Written policies and procedures will be established defining the operation and scope of services provided by the hospital pharmacy. The Manual shall include policy and procedures concerning:
22.214.171.124 Maintaining readily available inventory of emergency drugs both in the pharmacy and patient care areas. Current antidote information and telephone numbers of regional poison control centers must also be available.
126.96.36.199 The records of the transactions of the pharmacy that are required by applicable law and that are necessary for accurate control and accountability. This should include procedures for wastage of controlled substances in all areas of the hospital.
188.8.131.52 Discontinued drug procedures to insure that discontinued drugs and containers with worn, illegible or missing labels are returned to the pharmacy for proper disposition or disposal. All outdated products should be removed from all areas and stored in a separate section in the pharmacy for proper disposition or disposal.
9.2.3 Pharmacy Technicians. Pharmacy technicians may be utilized in assisting the pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians must be supervised by a registered pharmacist who is present within the hospital and is responsible for the activities of the pharmacy technicians.
9.3 Absence of Pharmacist. When a pharmacist is not on duty, drugs may be provided for use by physicians and other authorized staff via night cabinets or other areas designated by the hospital, and in emergency circumstances by access to the pharmacy. A pharmacist shall be available to provide professional services.
9.4.3 Contents and use procedures should be determined by the pharmacy and those departments with access to the night cabinet or other designated areas in accordance with the hospital's policies and procedures.
9.5 Access to Pharmacy. When a pharmacist is not available and medications cannot be obtained immediately from any other source, authorized persons may enter the pharmacy and obtain drugs per procedures established by the hospital. The procedures must include the following stipulations:
9.5.2 Persons authorized to enter the pharmacy shall indicate the name and strength and amount of drug removed, the date, time and their signature, and the name and location of the patient. The transaction shall be reviewed by the pharmacy when it reopens and incorporated into the hospital pharmacy's medication recordkeeping system.
9.6 Emergency Drugs. Emergency drugs must be available for use by authorized personnel at strategic locations throughout the hospital. The drugs must be available to authorized personnel and must be stored in a manner to preserve the integrity of the contents.
9.6.1 Emergency Drugs Defined ‑ Emergency drugs are those drugs which may be required to meet the immediate therapeutic needs of patients and which are not available from any other authorized source in sufficient time to prevent risk or harm to patients.
9.6.4 Notification ‑ Whenever an emergency drug supply is accessed, the pharmacist or pharmacist’s designee shall be notified within 24 hours, and the pharmacist or pharmacist’s designee shall restock and reseal or replace the kit or cart within forty‑eight hours.
9.9.1 The drug dispensed for inpatient use shall contain a label with the name and the strength of the medication. If the medication is prepacked, it must also show the source, lot number and expiration date, in compliance with the Board's prepacking regulation.
9.11 Outpatient Orders. Medication dispensed for outpatients via prescriptions are governed by applicable State and Federal Statutes Regulations. A patient profile must be maintained and counseling must be provided for each person according to Regulation 5.0.
9.13 Maintenance of Medication Orders. Patient Profile ‑ A patient medication profile must be maintained for each inpatient whose medication is directly dispensed from the pharmacy. It must show the patient's name, location, age, allergies and diagnosis(es) as available. The profile must show the name, strength and quantity of the drug dispensed and appropriate directions and the initials of the dispenser. Prior to administration of the first dose, the pharmacist must examine the profile to determine the possibility of a harmful drug interaction or reaction. Upon recognizing a significant potential for harm, the pharmacist should notify the prescriber and other appropriate persons. The profile must be retained and readily retrievable for 30 days after discharge.
9.15 Monthly Inspections. A member of the pharmacy staff shall conduct monthly inspections of each nursing station and patient care areas where medications are dispensed, administered or stored. Such documented inspections shall verify that:
10.1.1 The Board requires all individuals and entities licensed by the Delaware Board of Pharmacy engaged in compounding to adhere to and comply with both the current edition of the United States Pharmacopeia Chapters 795 (USP 795) and 797 (USP 797) and this Regulation, as applicable to their specific practice setting. Chapters 795 and 797 shall be reviewed and followed by compounders prior to non-sterile or sterile pharmaceutical compounding. The purpose of this Regulation is to provide all compounders with the requirements for good compounding practices for the preparation of non-sterile and sterile compounded formulations for dispensing and/or administration to humans and animals. Compounding is an integral part of pharmacy practice and is essential to the provision of healthcare. These regulations apply to non-sterile and sterile compounding of medications that are prepared for a specific patient and that are prescribed or ordered subject to a valid practitioner order or practitioner-patient relationship. The Delaware licensee engaged in compounding is responsible for ensuring compliance the requirements of Section 10.0.
“Active ingredients” means chemicals, substances, or other components of articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases in humans or animals or for use as nutritional supplements.
“Added substances” means the ingredients necessary to prepare the drug product but are not intended or expected to cause human pharmacological response if administered alone in the amount or concentration contained in a single dose of the compounded preparation. The term “added substances” is used synonymously with the terms “inactive ingredients,” “excipients,” and “pharmaceutical ingredients.”
“Beyond-use date” (“BUD”) means the date after which a compounded preparation should not to be used as determined from the date the preparation is compounded. For sterile compounding, see subsection 10.4.
“Component” means any ingredient used in the compounding of a drug preparation, including any active ingredient or added substance that is used in its preparation.
“Compounder” means an individual or entity licensed by the Delaware Board of Pharmacy and engaged in the performance of compounding pursuant to a prescription or medication order by a licensed prescriber.
“Compounding” means the preparation, mixing, assembling, altering, packaging, and labeling of a drug, drug-delivery device, or device in accordance with a licensed practitioner's prescription, medication order, or initiative based on the practitioner/patient/pharmacist/compounder relationship in the course of professional practice. Compounding includes, but is not limited to, the following:
“CSPs” means Compounded Sterile Preparations.
“Hazardous drugs” means any drug in studies of animals or humans that have been classified as carcinogenic, toxic to development or reproduction, or toxic to organs.
“Manufacturing” means any compounding activity that is not pursuant to a valid prescription or an order to prepare for administration and for an individual patient. Manufacturing is the production, propagation, conversion, or processing of a drug or device, either directly or indirectly, by extraction of the drug from substances of natural origin or by means of chemical or biological synthesis. Manufacturing may also include any packaging or repackaging of the substance(s) or labeling or relabeling of containers for resale by pharmacies, practitioners, or other persons. Any person engaged in manufacturing must be licensed in accordance with 24 Del.C. §2541.
“Preparation” means a compounded drug dosage form or dietary supplement or a device to which a compounder has introduced a drug. This term will be used to describe compounded formulations.
“Product” means manufactured pharmaceutical dosage forms.
“Vehicle” means a component for internal or external use that is used as a carrier or diluent in which liquids, semisolids, or solids are dissolved or suspended. Examples include, but are not limited to, water, syrups, elixirs, oleaginous liquids, solid and semisolid carriers, and proprietary products.
10.3.1 Categories of Compounding. In the three general categories of non-sterile compounding described in this Regulation, different levels of experience, training and physical facilities are associated with each category:
10.3.1.1.2 A preparation that has a USP compounding monograph or appears in a peer reviewed article that contains: specific quantities for all components; compounding procedures and equipment, stability data for that formulation with an appropriate BUD. Examples include solutions, suspensions and gels.
10.3.2.2 The compounder shall dispense the finished preparation, with appropriate packaging and labeling, and in compliance with the requirements established by the applicable state agencies, Delaware Board of Pharmacy, federal law, and other regulatory agencies where appropriate.
10.3.3.6 Compounding personnel shall wear appropriate and clean clothing. Protective apparel such as lab coats, gowns, gloves, shoes, or masks shall be worn as necessary to protect personnel from chemical exposure and/or contamination.
10.3.6.2 Automatic, mechanical, electronic, or other equipment used in compounding shall be routinely inspected, calibrated, or checked according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure proper performance.
10.3.6.4 Extra care shall be used when cleaning equipment used in compounding preparations containing substances requiring special handling (e.g., antibiotics, cytotoxic, or other hazardous materials).
10.3.7.3 There shall be recorded procedures for compounded products to include components, amount, order of procedure, and equipment to ensure that the finished products have the identity, strength, quality, and purity they purport or are represented to possess.
10.3.7.4 Components for compounding shall be accurately weighed, measured or subdivided as appropriate. If a component is transferred from the original container to a new container, the new container shall be labeled with the component name, original supplier, lot or control number, transfer date, and expiration date and shall provide integrity that it is equal to or better than the original container.
10.3.7.5 Written control procedures shall be established to monitor the output and to validate the performance of those compounding processes that may be responsible for causing variability in the final drug product. Such control procedures shall include, but are not limited to, the following (where appropriate):
10.3.7.6 When compounding with manufactured drug products, the compounder shall consider all ingredients, including excipients, present in the drug product relative to the intended use of the compounded preparation and the effect of manipulating the drug product on the therapeutic appropriateness and stability of the components.
10.3.7.7 When compounding for food-producing animals, the compounder shall consult the list of components prohibited for use in food-producing animals and consider withdrawal times. For example, treating animals in the food chain with certain antibiotics.
10.3.7.8 All components used in compounding must be stored as directed by the manufacturer, or according to USP, NF, or FCC monograph requirements, in a clean, dry area under appropriate temperature conditions. All components shall be stored off the floor, handled and stored to prevent contamination, and rotated so that the oldest stock is used first. All containers shall be properly labeled.
10.3.8.1 The BUD is the date after which a compounded preparation shall not be used and is determined from the date when the preparation is compounded. Because compounded preparations are intended for administration immediately or following short-term storage, their BUDs are assigned on the basis of criteria different from those applied to assigning expiration dates to manufactured drug products. Criteria used shall be assigned according to USP 795. Compounders shall consult and apply drug-specific and general stability documentation and literature when available.
10.3.8.2 General Guidelines for maximum BUD are recommended for non-sterile compounded drug preparations in the absence of stability information that is applicable to a specific drug or preparation. The BUD shall not exceed the expiration date of the API or any other component.
10.3.10.1 Documentation, written or electronic, enables a compounder, whenever necessary, to systematically trace, evaluate, and replicate the steps included throughout the process of compounding and shall be kept for 3 years.
10.3.10.4.11 Labeling information, in addition to legally required information, should include: Name and quantity or concentration of each active ingredient, assigned BUD, storage conditions, prescription number.
10.3.11.1 The safety, quality, and performance of compounded preparations depend on correct ingredients, proper calculations, and accurate and precise measurements, appropriate formulation conditions and procedures, and prudent pharmaceutical judgment. As a final check, the compounder shall review each procedure in the compounding process. To ensure accuracy and completeness, the compounder shall observe the finished preparation to ensure that it appears as expected and shall investigate any discrepancies and take appropriate corrective action before the prescription is dispensed to the patient.
10.3.11.1.1.1 The compounder shall ensure that there are written procedures for the compounding of drug preparations to ensure that the finished preparations have the identity, strength, quality, and purity that they purport to have. These procedures shall be available in either written form or electronically stored.
10.3.11.1.1.3 The compounder shall check and document each weight and measurement. The identity of the person(s) actually performing the compounding and of the compounder shall be recorded. Records shall be maintained for at least 3 years.
10.3.11.1.1.4 The compounder shall have established written procedures that will describe quality assurance tests or examinations to be conducted on the compounded preparation to ensure uniformity and integrity.
10.3.11.1.1.5 Appropriate control procedures shall be established to monitor the output and to validate the performance of those compounding processes and equipment that may be responsible for causing variability in the final compounded preparation.
10.3.12.1 At the time of dispensing, the patient or the patient’s agent shall be counseled by the dispensing pharmacist about proper use, storage, handling, and disposal of the compounded preparation. The patient or the patient’s agent shall also be instructed to observe and report to the compounder any changes in the physical characteristics of the compounded preparation. The compounding pharmacist shall investigate any reported problem with a compounded preparation and take corrective action.
10.3.13.1 All portions of this section apply to compounded preparations formulated for both human and animal patients. Intended use on any animal patient (e.g., companion, performance, food) shall be determined before compounding for that patient. Because humans can consume animals as food, care must be taken to prevent drug residue from entering the human food chain. All pharmacists compounding for animals shall possess a functional knowledge of drug regulation and disposition in animal patients.
10.3.13.2 The compounding pharmacist shall be knowledgeable about the individual species limitations in physiology and metabolic capacity that can result in toxicity when certain drugs or excipients are used in compounded preparations. For this reason, pharmacists compounding for animals should use, when possible, formulations developed specifically for animal patients. If such formulations are not available, the compounding pharmacist shall conduct a literature review to determine whether a specific component of the formula is toxic to the target species.
10.4.1.1 The Board requires all individuals and entities licensed by the Board of Pharmacy engaged in sterile compounding to adhere to and comply with the current edition of the United States Pharmacopeia Chapter 797 (USP 797) and with this Regulation, as applicable to their specific practice setting. USP Chapter 797 shall be reviewed and followed by compounders prior to sterile pharmaceutical compounding. The purpose of this Regulation is to provide all compounders with guidance on applying good compounding practices for the preparation of sterile compounded formulations for dispensing and/or administration to humans and animals. These Regulations apply to sterile compounding of medications that are prepared for an individual patient, prescribed or ordered subject to a valid practitioner order and/or practitioner-patient relationship.
10.4.1.2 The objective of USP 797 is to describe conditions and practices to prevent harm, including death, to patients that could result from (1) microbial contamination, (2) excessive bacterial endotoxins, (3) variability in the intended strength of correct ingredients that exceeds limits, (4) unintended chemical and physical contaminants and (5) ingredients of inappropriate quality in compounded sterile products (CSPs).
10.4.1.3 It is generally acknowledged that direct or physical contact of critical sites of CSPs with contaminants, especially microbial sources, poses the greatest probability of risk to patients. Therefore, compounding personnel must be meticulously conscientious in precluding contact contamination of CSPs both within and outside ISO Class 5 (see Table 1) areas.
“Ante-Area” means an ISO Class 8 (see table 1) or better area where personnel hand hygiene and garbing procedures, staging of components, order entry, CSP labeling, and other high-particulate-generating activities are performed.
“Aseptic Processing” means a mode of processing pharmaceutical and medical products that involves the separate sterilization of the product and the package; and the transfer of the product into the container and its closure under at least ISO Class 5 conditions.
“Beyond-Use-Date (BUD)” means the date or time after which a CSP shall not be used, stored, or transported. The date is determined from the date or time the preparation is compounded.
“Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC)” means a ventilated cabinet providing downward high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered airflow for CSPs, personnel, product, and environmental protection.
“Buffer Area” means an area where the primary engineering control (PEC) is physically located and where preparation and staging of components used to compound CSPs is done.
“Clean Room” means a room in which the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to meet a specific class.
“Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolator (CACI)” means an aseptic isolator designed to provide worker protection from drug exposure during compounding.
“Compounding Aseptic Isolator (CAI)” means an isolator designed to maintain an aseptic environment for compounding pharmaceutical ingredients or preparations.
“Critical Site” means a location that includes any component or fluid pathway surfaces or openings at risk of contamination. (e.g., vial septa, open vials, injection ports, beakers, ampuls, needle hubs, syringe tips)
“Disinfectant” means an agent applied to inanimate objects that destroys disease-causing pathogens or other harmful micro-organisms.
“Media-Fill Test” means a test used to qualify aseptic technique of compounding personnel.
“Multiple-Dose Container” means a multiple-unit container for preservative-containing preparations intended for parenteral administration only. The beyond-use date for an open or entered container containing preservatives is 28 days unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer.
“Primary Engineering Control (PEC)” means a device or room that provides an ISO Class 5 environment for the exposure of critical sites when compounding CSPs. (Laminar Air Flow Workbenches, Biological Safety Cabinet, Compounding Aseptic Isolators, Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolators).
“Single-Use Container” means a single-unit container for preparations intended for parenteral administration intended for single-use only.
“Segregated Compounding Area” means a designated space, demarcated area or room, that is restricted to preparing low-risk level CSPs with a BUD of 12 hours or less. Such area shall contain a device that provides an ISO Class 5 air quality and shall be void of activities and materials that are extraneous to sterile compounding.
“Sterilization by Filtration” means a passage of a solution through a sterilizing grade membrane.
“Terminal Sterilization” means the application of a lethal process (e.g. autoclaving) to sealed containers for the purpose of achieving sterility.
10.4.4.1 USP 797 emphasizes the need to maintain high standards for the quality and control of processes, components, and environments and for the skill and knowledge of personnel who prepare CSPs. Individuals and entities licensed by the Delaware Board of Pharmacy and engaged in compounding are responsible for compounding personnel, who ensure that CSPs are accurately identified, measured, diluted, and mixed and are correctly purified, sterilized, packaged, sealed, labeled, stored, dispensed, and distributed. Compounding personnel’s performance responsibilities include:
10.4.4.1.2 Compounding supervisors shall ensure, through either direct measurement or appropriate information sources, that specific CSPs maintain their labeled strength within monograph limits for USP articles, or within 10% if not specified until their BUDs.
10.4.4.1.4.5 Labels on CSPs list the names and amounts or concentration of active ingredients. Prior to dispensing or administration, the clarity of solutions is visually confirmed; the identity and amounts of ingredients, procedures to prepare and sterilize CSPs, and specific release criteria are reviewed to ensure their accuracy and completeness.
10.4.5.1.1.2 Compounding shall involve only transfer, measuring and mixing of not more than three commercially manufactured packages of sterile products and not more than two entries into any one sterile container or package.
10.4.5.1.1.3 Manipulations shall be limited to aseptically opening ampuls, penetrating disinfected stoppers with sterile needles and syringes, and transferring sterile liquids from one sterile package to another.
10.4.7.1 Personnel who prepare CSPs shall be trained conscientiously and skillfully by expert personnel and through instructional sources and professional publications in the theoretical principles and practical skills of aseptic manipulations and in achieving and maintaining ISO Class 5 environmental conditions before they begin to prepare CSPs.
10.4.7.2 Compounding personnel shall perform didactic review and pass written and media-fill testing initially and annually for low and medium-risk compounding of CSPs and semi-annually for high-risk.
10.4.8.1 The immediate-use provision is intended only for those situations where there is a need for emergency or immediate patient administration of a CSP. Immediate-use CSPs are not intended for storage for anticipated needs or batch compounding. Refer to USP 797 for requirement exemption criteria for immediate-use CSPs.
10.4.9.1 Opened or needle-punctured single-dose containers, such as bags, bottles, syringes and vials of sterile products and CSPs shall be used within 1 hour if opened in worse than ISO Class 5 environment and remaining contents discarded.
10.4.10.1.3 All hazardous drugs shall be prepared in a BSC or CACI that meets or exceeds the standards outlined in USP 797 for CACI. The ISO Class 5 BSC or CACI shall be placed in an ISO Class 7 area that is physically separated from other preparation areas. In facilities that prepare a low volume of hazardous drugs, the use of two tiers of containment (e.g., CSTD within a BSC or CACI that is located in a non-negative pressure room) is acceptable.
10.4.10.1.4 Appropriate personnel protective equipment (PPE) shall be worn. PPE shall include gowns, face masks, eye protection, hair covers, shoe covers or dedicated shoes, and double gloving with sterile chemo-type gloves.
10.4.11.2 Radiopharmaceuticals compounded from sterile components in closed sterile containers and with a volume of 100 ml or less for a single-dose injection or not more than 30 ml taken from a multiple-dose container shall be designated as, and conform to, the standards for Low-Risk CSPs. These radiopharmaceuticals shall be compounded using appropriately shielded vials and syringes in a properly functioning and certified ISO Class 5 PEC located in an ISO Class 8 or cleaner air environment to permit compliance with special handling, shielding and negative air flow requirements.
10.4.12.1 Allergen extracts as CSPs are single-dose and multiple-dose intradermal or subcutaneous injections that are prepared by specially trained physicians and personnel under their direct supervision.
10.4.12.3 Personnel who compound allergen extracts as CSPs shall be aware of greater potential risk for microbial and foreign material contamination when allergen extracts as CSPs are compounded in compliance with exemption criteria instead of the more rigorous standards contained elsewhere in USP 797.
10.4.13.1 Packaged and labeled CSPs shall be visually inspected for physical integrity and expected appearance, including final fill amount. The accuracy of identities, concentrations, amounts, and purities of ingredients in CSPs shall be confirmed by reviewing labels on packages, observing and documenting correctly standardized devices, and reviewing information in labeling certificates of analysis provided by suppliers.
10.4.13.1.1.1 The licensed healthcare professionals who supervise compounding personnel shall be responsible for determining that the selected sterilization method both sterilizes and maintains the strength, purity, quality, and packaging integrity of CSPs. Requirements for matching CSPs and components to appropriate sterilization methods include, but are not limited to, the following:
10.4.13.1.1.3 Glass and metal devices may be covered tightly with aluminum foil, then exposed to dry heat in an oven at a mean temperature of 250°C for 30 minutes to achieve sterility and depyrogenation. Such items are either used immediately or stored in an environment suitable for compounding Low-Risk and Medium Risk CSPs.
10.4.13.1.1.4 Personnel shall ascertain from appropriate information sources that the sterile microporous membrane filter used to sterilize CSP solutions, during either compounding or administration, is chemically and physically compatible with CSP.
10.4.13.2.2 The compounding supervisor shall ensure, directly or from appropriate documentation, that the filters are chemically and physically stable at the pressure and temperature conditions to be used, that they have enough capacity to filter the required volumes, and that they will achieve sterility and maintain pre-filtration pharmaceutical quality, including strength of ingredients of the specific CSP.
10.4.13.3.1 To achieve sterility all materials shall be exposed to steam at 121°C under a pressure of about 15 psi for the duration verified by testing to achieve sterility of the items, which is usually 20 to 60 minutes for CSPs. Not exposing items to pressurized steam may result in survival of microbial organisms and spores.
10.4.13.3.2 Before their sterilization, plastic, glass, and metal devices shall be tightly wrapped in low-particle-shedding paper or fabrics or sealed in envelopes that prevent post-sterilization microbial penetration.
10.4.14.1.1 Maintaining the sterility and cleanliness of critical sites is a primary safeguard for CSPs. Critical sites are locations that include any component or fluid pathway surface (e.g., vial septa, injection ports, beakers) or openings (e.g., opened ampuls, needle hubs) exposed and at risk of direct contact with air, moisture, or touch contamination. The nature of the critical site affects the risk of contamination. Protection of critical sites by precluding physical contact and airborne contamination shall be given the highest priority in sterile compounding practice.
10.4.14.2.2 Facilities shall provide a comfortable and well-lit working environment which typically includes a temperature of 20°C or cooler, to maintain comfortable compounding conditions for compounding personnel to perform flawlessly when attired in the required aseptic compounding garb.
10.4.14.2.5 In-situ, air pattern analysis via smoke studies shall be conducted at the critical area to demonstrate unidirectional airflow and sweeping action over and away from the product under dynamic conditions.
10.4.14.2.6 The principles of HEPA-filtered unidirectional airflow in the work environment shall be understood and practiced in the compounding process in order to achieve the desired environmental conditions.
10.4.14.2.9 Only the furniture, equipment, supplies, and other material required for the compounding activities to be performed shall be brought into the area, and they shall be non-permeable, non-shedding, cleanable, and resistant to disinfectants. Whenever such items are brought into the area, they shall first be cleaned and disinfected. Whenever possible, equipment and other items used in the buffer area shall not be taken out of the area except for calibration, servicing, or other activities associated with the proper maintenance of the item.
10.4.14.2.10 The surfaces of ceilings, walls, floors, fixtures, shelving counter, and cabinets in the buffer area shall be smooth impervious, free from cracks and crevices, and non-shedding, thereby promoting cleanability and minimizing spaces in which microorganisms and other contaminants may accumulate. The surfaces shall be resistant to damage by disinfectant agents.
10.4.14.2.12 Storage shelving, counters, and cabinets shall be smooth, impervious, free from cracks and crevices, non-shedding, cleanable, and disinfectable; their number, design and manner of installation shall promote effective cleaning and disinfection.
10.4.14.5.1 Total Particle Counts—Certification that each ISO classified area is within established guidelines shall be performed no less than every 6 months and whenever the LAFW, BSC, CAI, or CACI is relocated or the physical structure of the buffer area or ante-area has been altered.
10.4.14.6.2 Growth Medium—A general microbiological growth medium such as Soybean Casein Digest Medium shall be used to support the growth of bacteria. Malt extract agar or some other media that supports the growth of fungi shall be used in High-Risk level compounding environments.
10.4.14.6.5 Action Levels, Documentation, and Data Evaluation—Sampling data shall be collected and reviewed on a periodic basis as a means of evaluation the overall control of the compounding environment. See USP 797 for specific recommended action levels.
10.4.15.1 Food, drinks, and materials exposed in patient care and treatment areas shall not enter ante-areas, buffer areas, or segregated compounding areas where compounding and ingredients of CSPs are present.
10.4.15.2 When compounding activities require the manipulation of a patient’s blood-derived or other biological material, the manipulation shall be clearly separated from routine material-handling procedures and equipment used in CSP preparation activities, and they shall be controlled by specific SOPs in order to avoid any cross-contamination.
10.4.15.3 Packaged compounding supplies and components, such as needles, syringes, tubing sets, and small and large-volume parenteral, should be taken from cartons and wiped down with a disinfectant that does not leave a residue, when possible in an ante-are of ISO Class 8 air quality, before being passed into the buffer areas.
10.4.15.6 Adequate provision for performing antiseptic hand cleansing using an alcohol-based surgical hand scrub with persistent activity followed by the donning of sterile gloves shall be provided after entry into the buffer area.
10.4.16.3 Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the LAFW, BSCs, CAIs and CACIs are the most critical practices before the preparation of CSPs. Consequently, such surfaces shall be cleaned and disinfected frequently, including at the beginning of each work shift, before each batch preparation is started, every 30 minutes during continuous compounding periods, when there are spills, and when surface contamination is known or suspected from procedural breaches.
10.4.16.4 Work surfaces in the ISO Class 7 buffer areas and ISO Class 8 ante-areas as well as segregated compounding areas shall be cleaned and disinfected at least daily, and dust and debris shall be removed when necessary from storage sites for compounding ingredients and supplies using a method that does not degrade the ISO Class 7 or 8 air quality.
10.4.16.5 All cleaning materials shall be non-shedding and dedicated to use in the buffer or clean area, ante-area, and segregated compounding areas and shall not be removed from these areas except for disposal.
10.4.16.6 Supplies and equipment removed from shipping cartons shall be wiped with a suitable disinfectant agent (e.g., sterile IPA 70% alcohol) delivered from a spray bottle or other suitable delivery method.
10.4.16.7 Entry points of bags and vials shall be disinfected with small, disposable, sterile 70% IPA swabs that are commercially available in individual packages. Use 1 swab per entry point and allow 70% IPA to dry before piercing stoppers with sterile needles and breaking necks of ampuls.
10.4.17.1 The careful cleansing of hands and arms and the correct donning of PPE by compounding personnel constitute the first major step in preventing microbial contamination in CSPs. Personnel shall also be thoroughly competent and highly motivated to perform flawless aseptic manipulation with ingredients, devices, and components of CSPs.
10.4.17.2 Before entering the buffer area or segregated compounding area compounding personnel shall remove personal outer garments, all cosmetics, all hand and wrist or other visible jewelry that can interfere with effectiveness of PPE. The wearing of artificial nails is prohibited while working in the sterile compounding area. Natural nails shall be kept neat and trimmed.
10.4.17.3 Personnel shall don the following PPE in an order that proceeds from those activities considered to be the dirtiest to the cleanest. Garbing activities considered the dirtiest include donning of dedicated shoes or shoe covers, head and facial hair covers, and face masks/eye shields. Eye shields are optional except when working with irritants such as germicidal disinfecting agents or when preparing hazardous drugs.
10.4.17.4 A hand-cleansing procedure shall be performed by removing debris from underneath fingernails using a cleaner under running water followed by vigorous hand washing. Hands and forearms shall be washed to the elbows for at least 30 seconds with soap and water while in the ante-area. Hands and forearms shall be completely dried using either a lint-free cloth or an electric hand dryer.
10.4.17.8 During high-risk compounding activities that precede terminal sterilization, such as weighing and mixing non-sterile ingredients, compounding personnel shall be garbed and gloved the same as when performing compounding in an ISO Class 5 environment.
10.4.18.1.1 Personnel who prepare CSPs shall be trained conscientiously and skillfully by expert personnel in the theoretical principles and practical skills of garbing procedures, aseptic work practices, achieving and maintaining ISO Class 5 work environments, and cleaning and disinfection procedures.
10.4.18.3.1 Sampling of compounding personnel glove fingertips shall be performed for all CSP risk level compounding. Touch contamination is the most likely source of introducing microorganisms into CSPs prepared by humans.
10.4.18.3.2 Glove fingertip sampling using sterile agar plates shall be used to evaluate the competency of personnel in performing hand hygiene and garbing procedures in addition to educating compounding personnel on proper work practices.
10.4.18.3.3 All compounding personnel shall successfully complete an initial competency evaluation and gloved fingertip/thumb sampling procedure (zero cfu) no less than three times before initially being allow to compound CSPs for human use.
10.4.18.4.1 Compounding personnel shall be visually observed during the process of performing hand hygiene. The visual observation shall be documented and maintained for long-term assessment of compounding personnel.
10.4.18.6.1 All compounding personnel shall have their aseptic technique and related practice competency evaluated initially during the media-fill test procedure and subsequent annual and/or semi-annual Media-Fill Test procedures.
10.4.18.8.1 Compounding personnel and other personnel responsible for cleaning shall be visually observed during the process of cleaning and disinfecting during initial training on cleaning procedures, during changes in staff, and at the completion of any Media-Fill Test procedure. Observation shall be documented.
10.4.18.10.1 Sampling data shall be collected and reviewed on a routing basis as a means of evaluating the overall control of the compounding environment. See USP 797 for complete corrective actions, documentation, and data evaluation regulations.
10.4.19.1 The compounding facility shall have written, properly approved SOPs designed to ensure the quality of the environment in which a CSP is prepared. See USP 797 for a list of recommended procedures.
10.4.20.1 A written description of specific training and performance evaluation program for individuals involved in the use of aseptic techniques for the preparation of sterile products shall be developed for each site.
10.4.20.2.1 Commercially available sterile drug products, sterile ready-to use containers and devices are examples of sterile components. A written procedure for unit-by-unit physical inspection preparatory to use shall be followed to ensure that these components are sterile, free from defects, and otherwise suitable for their intended use.
10.4.20.3.3 When nonofficial ingredients are used, they shall be accompanied by certificates of analysis from their suppliers to aid compounding personnel in judging the identity, quality, and purity in relation to the intended use in a particular CSP.
10.4.20.3.5 Bulk or unformulated drug substances and excipients shall be stored in tightly closed containers under temperature, humidity and lighting conditions consistent with monographs or approved by suppliers.
10.4.20.3.6 The date of receipt by the compounding facility shall be clearly and indelibly marked on each container. Packages that lack a suppliers’ expiration date cannot be used after 1 year unless either appropriate inspection or testing indicates that the ingredient has retained its purity and quality for use in CSPs.
10.4.20.4.2 Written procedures (SOP) outlining required equipment calibration, annual maintenance, monitoring for proper function, and controlled procedures for use of the equipment and specified time frames for these activities shall be established and followed. Results shall be documented and kept on file for the life of the machine.
10.4.20.4.3 Verification of Automated Compounding Devices (ACDs) for Parenteral Nutrition Compounding ACDs for the preparation of parenteral nutrition admixtures are widely used by pharmacists in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Refer to USP 797 for complete regulations regarding compounding with ACDs.
10.4.21.1.1.1 All CSPs that are intended to be solutions shall be visually inspected for the presence of particulate matter. The prescription orders, written compounding procedure, preparation records, and expended materials used to make CSPs at all contamination risk levels shall be inspected for correctness, aseptic mixing and sterilization, packaging, labeling, and expected physical appearance before they are administered or dispensed.
10.4.21.1.2.1 Finished CSPs are individually inspected in accordance with written procedures after compounding. Immediately after compounding and as a condition of release, each CSP unit, where possible, shall be inspected against lighted white or black background or both for evidence of visible particulates or other foreign matter. Pre-release inspection also includes container integrity.
10.4.21.1.4.1 All high-risk level CSPs that are prepared in groups of more than 25 identical individual single-dose packages or in multiple-dose vials (MDVs) for administration to multiple patients or that are exposed longer than 12 hours at 2°C to 8°C and longer than 6 hours in warmer than 8°C before they are sterilized shall pass sterility testing before they are dispensed or administered.
10.4.21.1.5.1 All high-risk level CSPs, except those for inhalation and ophthalmic administration, that are prepared in groups of more than 25 identical individual single-dose packages or in MDVs for administration to multiple patients or that are exposed longer than 12 hours at 2°C to 8° and longer than 6 hours at warmer than 8°C before they are sterilized shall be tested to ensure that they do not contain excessive bacterial endotoxins.
10.4.21.1.6.1.1 That labels of CSPs bear correct names and amounts or concentrations of ingredients, the total volume, the BUD, the appropriate route(s) of administration, the storage conditions, and other information for safe use.
10.4.21.1.6.1.3 That correct fill volumes in CSPs and correct quantities of filled units of the CSPs were obtained. When the strength of finished CSPs cannot be confirmed to be accurate, based on the above three inspections, the CSPs shall be assayed by methods that are specific for the active ingredients.
10.4.22.2.1 BUDs and expiration dates are not the same. BUDs for CSPs that are prepared strictly in accordance with manufacturers’ product labeling shall be those specified in that labeling or from appropriate literature sources or direct testing.
10.4.22.4 Compounding personnel who assign BUDs to CSPs when lacking direct chemical assay results shall critically interpret and evaluate the most appropriate available information sources to determine a conservative and safe BUD.
10.4.22.7.1 Compounding personnel shall monitor the drug storage areas within the compounding facility. Controlled temperature areas in compounding facilities include controlled room temperature of 20°C to 25°C, controlled cold temperature of 2°C to 8°C and freezing temperature of -25°C to -10°C.
10.4.23.1 Compounding personnel shall ensure proper storage and security of CSPs prepared by or dispensed from the compounding facility until either their BUDs are reached or they are administered to patients. In fulfilling this general responsibility, the compounding facility is responsible for the proper packaging, handling, transport, and storage of CSPs prepared by or dispensed from it, including the appropriate education, training, and supervision of compounding personnel assigned to these functions. The compounding facility shall assist in the education and training of non-compounding personnel for carrying out any aspect of these functions. Refer to USP 797 for further regulation regarding packaging, handling, transport, use and storage, and administration of CSPs.
10.4.23.2.1 Compounding personnel shall design, implement, and maintain a formal education, training, and competency assessment program that encompasses all the functions and tasks addressed and all personnel to whomever such functions and tasks are assigned.
10.4.23.3.2 Compounding facilities that ship CSPs to locations outside their own premises shall select modes of transport that are expected to deliver properly packed CSPs in un-damaged, sterile, and stable condition to recipients
10.4.23.3.3 Compounding personnel shall include specific handling and exposure instructions on the exteriors of containers packed with CSPs to be transported and obtain reasonable assurance of compliance therewith from transporters.
10.4.24.1 A formal training program shall provided as a means to ensure understanding and compliance with the many special and complex responsibilities placed on the patient or caregiver for the storage, handling, and administration of CSPs. The instructional objectives for the training program include all home care responsibilities expected of the patient or caregiver and specified in terms of patient or caregiver competencies. Upon conclusion of the training program, the patient or caregiver shall, correctly and consistently, be able to do the following:
10.4.24.1.1 Describe the therapy involved, including the disease or condition for which the CSPs are prescribed, goals of therapy, expected therapeutic outcome, and potential side effects of the CSPs.
10.4.24.1.2 Inspect all drug products, CSPs, devices, equipment, and supplies on receipt to ensure that proper temperatures were maintained during transport and that goods received show no evidence of deterioration or defects.
10.4.24.1.4 Visually inspect all drug products, CSPs, devices, and other items the patient or caregiver is required to use immediately prior to administration in a manner to ensure that all items are acceptable for use.
10.4.24.1.6 Clean the in-home preparation area, scrub hands, use proper aseptic technique, and manipulate all containers, equipment, apparatus, devices, and supplies used in conjunction with administration.
10.4.24.1.7 Employ all techniques and precautions associated with CSP administration; for example, preparing supplies and equipment, handling of devices, priming the tubing, and discontinuing infusion.
10.4.24.3 The compounding facility, in conjunction with nursing or medical personnel, is responsible for ensuring initially and on an on-going basis that the patient or caregiver understands, has mastered, and is capable of and willing to comply with all of these home care responsibilities.
10.4.25.2 The SOP manuals of compounding facilities shall describe specific instructions for receiving, acknowledging, and dating receipts, and for recording, or filing, and evaluating reports of adverse events and of the quality of preparation claimed to be associated with CSPs.
10.4.26.1 A provider of CSPs shall have in place a format QA program intended to provide a mechanism for monitoring, evaluating, correcting, and improving the activities and processes described in USP 797. Characteristics of a QA program include:
11.1 Definition: A nursing home is an institution licensed by the Division of Public Health that provides permanent facilities that include in-patient beds and medical services, including continuous nursing services, to provide treatment for patients who do not currently require continuous hospital services. Rest-Residential and Assisted Living beds in licensed nursing homes are exempt from this regulation. They are considered under Health Care Facilities.
11.2.1 Each facility shall provide a cabinet or medication carts for individual patient medications. These storage units shall be of sufficient size and located where easily accessible. They shall be locked when not in use and the key and/or code for the storage unit shall be carried by or be accessible only to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, or pharmacists. Controlled substances storage shall be in compliance with State and Federal statutes and regulations.
11.2.7 There shall be accountability procedures for all controlled substances present. There shall be readily retrievable records maintained showing the receipt and disposition of all controlled substances. These records must be maintained for 2 years.
11.3.1 Emergency use medications for the purposes of this Regulation shall be those injectable medications which may be required to meet the immediate therapeutic needs of patients, as determined by the prescriber, and which are not available from any other authorized source in sufficient time to prevent risk or harm to patients by delay resulting from obtaining such drugs from other sources.
11.3.2 Interim use medications for the purposes of this Regulation shall be those non-injectable medications which may be required to meet the immediate therapeutic needs of patients, as determined by the prescriber, and which are not available from any other authorized source in sufficient time to prevent risk or harm to patients by delay resulting from obtaining such drugs from other sources.
11.3.3 It is the responsibility of the facility and provider pharmacy to determine the supply of emergency use medication and interim use medication that are to be stocked as well as documenting the number of boxes and location(s) within the facility. Stock supply of interim use medication shall not exceed sixty (60) medications without the prior review and approval of the Board or its designee. Emergency use and interim use medications lists of current contents must be attached to the medication supply.
184.108.40.206 The pharmacy provider must be contacted within 24 hours after medication is used from the supply and the pharmacy must restock the supply within a reasonable time to prevent harm to patients.
220.127.116.11 The provider pharmacy is responsible for the accuracy of all emergency use and interim use medications at the time of the filling of the medication. This check must also include any medication that became available when the medication is accessed. Records documenting use of an emergency medication or interim medication must be kept for a minimum of 2 years at the provider pharmacy with a copy at the facility and must be readily available for inspection by the Board.
11.4.1 All unused portions of any patient's discontinued prescription medication shall be immediately isolated. Non-controlled medication shall be destroyed or returned to the pharmacist or provider pharmacy supplying pharmaceutical services within 72 hours with the appropriate notation of disposition. The notation shall include the date, quantity, and name and strength of the medication.
11.4.3 Destruction of discontinued controlled patient medication and discharged or deceased patient's controlled medication shall be jointly performed by two authorized licensed personnel within 72 hours of the discontinuation of the medication or discharge of the patient. A record of the destruction must be signed by both parties and kept at the facility for 2 years.
11.5.2 The provider pharmacy must maintain prescription records required by State and Federal law in addition to a readily retrievable record of the actual refills, amount dispensed and accountability of the amounts used.
11.5.4 A change in a medication order that involves a direction change must be communicated to the pharmacy within 24 hours, and the labeling on medication currently in the facility may be handled in the following ways:
11.6.1 A consultant pharmacist to a nursing home in the State of Delaware must be licensed to practice pharmacy in the State of Delaware. The consultant pharmacist shall be responsible for the general supervision of the nursing home pharmaceutical services and the direct supervision of registered pharmacy interns, who may assist in chart reviews. Supervision of chart reviews by a pharmacy intern must be documented by the supervising pharmacist.
11.6.2 The consultant pharmacist shall provide the administrator of a nursing home with a statement indicating those minimum professional services that will be provided. This statement shall be incorporated into the nursing home Pharmacy Policy and Procedure Manual.
18.104.22.168 Policies governing appropriate storage of medications, an effective drug recall procedure and labeling of all prescription drugs and biologicals in accordance with State and Federal requirements. For registered out-of-state providers an additional labeling requirement is having the toll-free telephone number on the prescription labels.
22.214.171.124 Policies and procedures governing patient drug regimen review, which shall include procedures for reporting irregularities, and documenting that such reviews have been performed. The provider pharmacy is to receive copies of all practitioners’ orders to be reviewed with the information on the patient profiles.
11.6.6 The consultant pharmacist or designated pharmacy staff shall make inspections of each nursing station and related drug storage areas at least monthly. A pharmacy support person may assist with inspection under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.
126.96.36.199 If the pharmacist determines that there are no irregularities in the patient's drug regimen, he/she must note in the patient's chart that he/she has reviewed the drug regimen, found no irregularities, and sign and date this notation. This documentation must remain on the patients' charts for a minimum of 12 months.
188.8.131.52 If the pharmacist determines that there are irregularities, he/she must prepare a drug regimen review report which includes any pertinent information such as the patient's diagnosis(es), the drug regimen, any pertinent laboratory findings, dietary considerations, etc., and his/her recommendations for improving the drug therapy of the patient. This written recommendation shall be forwarded to the attending practitioner, with the original documentation maintained in the patient chart.
11.6.8 The consultant pharmacist is responsible for the accountability of all medications. A random sample will be done monthly to identify overages or shortages of any medications. Documentation will be made of irregularities and will include date of audit, patient identification, a listing of overages or shortages, and an explanation if known. A plan for correction will be included in the documentation where appropriate. Documentation will be maintained for a period of 12 months at the facility.
11.6.9 The consultant pharmacist shall be responsible for providing information to the nursing home staff, as may be appropriate or required, to ensure safety, understanding and compliance with policies and procedures pertaining to pharmacy-related activities and concerns.
11.6.10 The consultant pharmacist shall assume all other responsibilities required of a consultant pharmacist as set forth in any State or Federal statutes or regulations as enacted or amended or may be enacted or amended.
A health care facility/program means any organization, other than a nursing home or hospital, which is licensed or certified by the State to provide a physical environment for patients in which health care services are a component. These facilities/programs include, but are not limited to:
12.1.1 Assisted Living Facilities (16 DE Admin. Code 3225)
12.2 Requirements. Any health care facility/program in which pharmaceutical services are provided must comply with all State and Federal laws regarding drug storage, labeling, recordkeeping, and security. Only health care personnel authorized by law to handle medication may have access to medication areas.
12.2.1 Any pharmacist providing contractual pharmaceutical services to the Health Care Facilities/Programs will be responsible for providing information to the staff as may be appropriate or required to ensure safety, understanding and compliance with policies and procedures pertaining to pharmacy-related activities and concerns. The written policies and procedures which shall be provided include, but are not limited to:
184.108.40.206 Policies and procedures necessary to insure the safe use, administration, control and accountability of all drugs throughout the Health Care Facility/Program in compliance with State and Federal laws.
12.2.2 The pharmacist shall make inspections of each Health Care Facility/ Program and related drug storage areas at least annually. The inspections may be more frequent if required by other state laws or depending on the contractual agreement with health care facilities/programs. At the discretion of the pharmacist a pharmacy support person may assist with the inspection under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.
The Practice of Nuclear/Radiological Pharmacy is hereby recognized as a specialty of Pharmacy practice, regulated by the Delaware Board of Pharmacy. As such, the following rules are included to address those areas specific or unique to this specialty practice. Nuclear/Radiological Pharmacy Practice refers to patient-oriented and institutional services that embody the scientific knowledge and professional judgment required to improve and promote health through the assurance of the safe and efficacious use of radiopharmaceuticals and other drugs.
“Nuclear Pharmacy” means a Pharmacy providing radiopharmaceutical services or, as provided in Section 3 “Qualified Nuclear Pharmacist” means a currently licensed Pharmacist in the State of Delaware, who is certified as a Nuclear Pharmacist by a certification Board recognized by the Delaware Board of Pharmacy, or who meets the following standards set by the Delaware Board of Pharmacy:
Completed a minimum of 200 contact hours of instruction in nuclear Pharmacy and the safe handling and the use of radioactive materials from a program approved by the NRC or the Office of Radiation Control (ORC), with emphasis in the following areas: radiation physics and instrumentation; radiation protection; mathematics of radioactivity; radiation biology; and radiopharmaceutical chemistry.
“Radiopharmaceutical Quality Assurance” means, but is not limited to, the performance of appropriate chemical, biological, and physical tests on potential radiopharmaceuticals and the interpretation of the resulting data to determine their suitability for use in humans and animals, including internal test assessment, authentication of product history, and the keeping of proper records.
“Radiopharmaceutical Service” means, but is not limited to, the procurement, storage, handling preparation, labeling, quality assurance testing, dispensing, delivery, recordkeeping, and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals and other drugs.
13.3.1 Nuclear Pharmacy License. A License to operate a Pharmacy providing radiopharmaceutical services shall only be issued to a Qualified Nuclear Pharmacist. All personnel performing tasks in the preparation and distribution of radioactive drugs shall be under the direct supervision of a Qualified Nuclear Pharmacist. A Qualified Nuclear Pharmacist shall be responsible for all operations of the Pharmacy and shall be in personal attendance at all times that the Pharmacy is open for business.
13.3.2 Nuclear Pharmacies shall have adequate space and equipment, commensurate with the scope of services required and provided, meeting minimal space requirements established for all pharmacies in the State or as otherwise defined by the Delaware State Board of Pharmacy.
13.3.4 Nuclear Pharmacies shall maintain records of acquisition, inventory, and disposition of all radioactive drugs and other radioactive materials in accordance with NRC statute(s) and regulation(s).
13.3.5 All pharmacies handling radiopharmaceuticals shall provide a radioactive storage and product decay area. Detailed floor plans shall be submitted to the State Board of Pharmacy and the State Office of Radiation Control and NRC before approval of the license.
13.3.7 The permit to operate a Nuclear Pharmacy is conditioned upon an approved State Office of Radiation Control or NRC license. Copies of the Radiation Control Agency, ORC and NRC inspection reports shall be made available upon request for Board inspection.
The purpose of this regulation is to implement provisions relating to the training, administration, and documentation of injectable medications, biologicals, and adult immunizations by pharmacists, registered interns and pharmacy students pursuant to 24 Del.C. Ch. 25 relating to Pharmacy.
14.1.1 In order to administer injectable medications, biologicals, and adult immunizations a licensed pharmacist, a registered intern or a pharmacy student shall complete a Board approved academic and hands-on practical curriculum and maintain a current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate acceptable to the Board of Pharmacy. CPR certification cannot be obtained through an on-line course.
220.127.116.11 An approved academic and practical curriculum includes, but is not limited to, disease epidemiology, vaccine characteristics, injection technique, emergency response to adverse events, and related topics.
14.1.2 A licensed pharmacist, registered intern or pharmacy student may only administer injections consistent with public health and safety and in a competent manner consistent with the academic curriculum and training completed.
14.1.4 Documentation of the satisfactory completion of the proper academic and practical training requirements shall be listed in a policy and procedures manual available for inspection by the Board of Pharmacy. Maintaining such documentation shall be the responsibility of the pharmacist-in-charge.
14.2.2 The administration of injectable medications, biologicals and adult immunizations by registered interns and pharmacy students must be directly supervised by a licensed pharmacist who is approved for injectable administration.
14.2.3 The pharmacist, registered intern, or pharmacy student, before administering an injectable medication, biological, or immunization, must counsel the patient and/or the patient’s representative about contraindications and inform them in writing in specific and readily understood terms about the risks and benefits. A signed copy of the patient’s consent shall be filed and available for inspection by the Board of Pharmacy.
14.2.4 The pharmacist, registered intern, or pharmacy student must document all injections made and have such documentation available for inspection by the Board of Pharmacy. Documentation shall include:
14.2.5 The pharmacist, registered intern, or pharmacy student must document fully and report all clinically significant adverse events to the primary‑care provider and to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) when appropriate.
14.3 Administration of medications includes injectable medications, biologicals and adult immunizations pursuant to a valid prescription or approved protocol approved by a physician duly licensed in this State.
15.2.1 "Automated Pharmacy Systems" include, but are not limited to, mechanical systems that perform operations or activities, other than compounding or administration, relative to storage, packaging, dispensing, or distribution of medications, and which collect, control, and maintain all transaction information.
15.2.2 Automated Pharmacy Systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Pharmacy can be utilized in licensed pharmacies, remote locations, and licensed health care facilities when legally permissible. Automated Pharmacy Systems shall be used only in settings where there is an established program of pharmaceutical care that ensures medication orders are reviewed by a pharmacist in accordance with established policies and procedures and good pharmacy practice.
15.3.1 Any new Automated Pharmacy System must be presented to the Board for approval prior to installation in the State. The presentation shall focus on patient safety and shall include how the technology functions and its quality control features.
15.3.4 To ensure that changes in automation technology are reflected the Board will be notified of any updates, a repeat presentation shall be made to the Board if there is a substantive change in the technology.
15.3.5 A pharmacy wishing to install an Automated Pharmacy System previously approved by the Board will provide the Board shall prior written notice of the installation or substantive changes of automated pharmacy systems. This written notification shall be readily retrievable upon inspection. Such notice must include, but is not limited to:
15.6.3 Hospital/Institution. Unit based or centralized dispensing requires the same level of supervision required in Regulation 9.2.3 which states: pharmacy technicians may be utilized in assisting the pharmacist. These persons must be supervised by a registered pharmacist who is present within the hospital and is responsible for the activities of those persons”.
15.6.4 Long Term Care Pharmacy. The filling/restocking of automated pharmacy systems in long term care settings may be performed by a licensed pharmacist, physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, and registered nurse who is authorized by their Act to handle such medications subject to accountability provisions of regulation 11.3.4.
15.6.7 The Automated Pharmacy System shall provide a mechanism for securing and accounting for medications removed from and subsequently returned to the Automated Pharmacy System, all in accordance with existing State and Federal law.
16.1 Definitions – Words and terms defined in Title 24, Section 2502 of the Delaware Code are applicable to these regulations. The following additional words and terms, when used within regulation 16.0, shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Authorized agent” is as defined in regulation 8.1.
“Automated delivery device” or “device” means a mechanical device used exclusively for the storage and delivery to patients of prescriptions that have been processed and verified by a licensed pharmacist.
“Delivery” is defined in regulation 5.1.
16.2.3 Devices shall include Board-approved means of patient identification, identification of persons authorized to pick up medication other than the patient, and identification of pharmacy personnel who place medication into the device.
16.2.4 Devices shall electronically record all delivery transactions and such records shall be readily available for inspection for at least three years. Such records shall include, but are not limited to, the following for all transactions: the identity of pharmacy personnel who place medication into the device; the identity of the patient or authorized person who picks up the medication; the type, date, and time of the transaction; and the name, strength, dosage, form, and quantity of the drug delivered. The Board and pharmacist-in-charge may require additional information at their discretion.
16.2.6 A Delaware-licensed pharmacist shall be immediately available in-person for consultation when the device is in service and the pharmacy is open. A Delaware-licensed pharmacist shall be immediately available telephonically via a toll-free number when the device is in service and the pharmacy is closed. Pharmacists providing telephonic consultation shall have access to the same patient information as would be available to a pharmacist conducting an in-person consultation.
16.2.11 Written policies and procedures shall be maintained and available for inspection. Written policies and procedures shall be acceptable to the Board and shall include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
18.104.22.168 A list of medications appropriate and approved for storage in the device; a list of the criteria used to determine the appropriate medications, with explanations when necessary; and a list of patient qualifications for device usage.
17.1.1 “Conviction” means a verdict of guilty entered by a judge or jury, or a plea of guilty or a plea of nolo contendere or other similar plea such as a “Robinson” or “Alford” plea unless the individual has been discharged under 11 Del.C. §4218 (probation before judgment) or under 10 Del.C. §1024 (domestic violence diversion program) or under 16 Del.C. §4764 (first offenders controlled substances diversion program).
17.2 Conviction of any of the following crimes, or of the attempt to commit or of a conspiracy to commit or conceal the following crimes, is deemed to be a crime substantially related to the practice of pharmacy in the State of Delaware without regard to the place of conviction:
17.2.1 Unlawfully administering drugs. 11 Del.C. §625.
17.2.4 Use of illegitimate retail sales receipt or UPC. 11 Del.C. §840A.
17.2.5 Theft. 11 Del.C. §841.
17.2.6 Forgery. 11 Del.C. §861.
17.2.7 Possession of forgery devices. 11 Del.C. §862.
17.2.8 Falsifying business records. 11 Del.C. §871.
17.2.9 Deceptive business practices. 11 Del.C. §906.
17.2.10 Insurance fraud. 11 Del.C. §913.
17.2.11 Health care fraud. 11 Del.C. §913A.
17.2.12 Unauthorized access to computer systems. 11 Del.C. §932.
17.2.13 Theft of computer services. 11 Del.C. §933.
17.2.14 Interruption of computer services. 11 Del.C. §934.
17.2.15 Misuse of computer system information. 11 Del.C. §935.
17.2.16 Unlawful delivery of noncontrolled substance. 16 Del.C. §4752A.
17.2.18 Failure to keep drugs in original containers 16 Del.C. §4758.
17.2.19 Sexual harassment; unclassified misdemeanor. 11 Del.C. §763
17.2.22 Incest; class A misdemeanor. 11 Del.C. §766
17.2.26 Rape in the fourth degree; class C felony. 11 Del.C. §770
17.2.27 Rape in the third degree; class B felony 11 Del.C. §771
17.2.28 Rape in the second degree; class B felony. 11 Del.C. §772
17.2.29 Rape in the first degree; class A felony. 11 Del.C. §773
17.2.30 Sexual extortion; class E felony. 11 Del.C. §774
17.2.31 Bestiality. 11 Del.C. §775
17.2.32 Continuous sexual abuse of a child; class B felony. 11 Del.C. §776
17.2.34 Sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child. 11 Del.C. §777A
17.2.36 Female genital mutilation. 11 Del.C. §780
17.2.37 Dealing in children. 11 Del.C. §1100
17.2.38 Sexual exploitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1108
17.2.39 Unlawful dealing in child pornography. 11 Del.C. §1109
17.2.40 Possession of child pornography. 11 Del.C. §1111
17.2.41 Sexual offenders; prohibitions from school zones. 11 Del.C. §1112
17.2.42 Sexual solicitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1112A
17.3 Crimes substantially related to the practice of pharmacy shall be deemed to include any crimes under any federal law, state law, or valid town, city or county ordinance, that are substantially similar to the crimes identified in this rule.
"Medical gas" means those gases and liquid oxygen intended for human consumption as per the standards of the U.S.P.
"Medical gas dispenser" A person or entity who sells medical gases directly to a patient in Delaware.
"Medical gas distributor" A person or entity who is licensed to distribute medical gases to another facility that is authorized to possess medical gases.
"Order" means an order issued by a licensed practitioner legally authorized to order medicinal gases.
18.2.1 Any person that dispenses medical gas directly to patients by sale shall register with the Board of Pharmacy pursuant to 24 Del.C. §2523. Applications for registration under this Regulation shall be on a form supplied by the Board and accompanied by a fee determined by the Board. The registration shall be renewed bi-biennially as determined by the Board.
18.5.1 Personnel shall be trained in areas to comply with standards dictated by the United States Pharmacopoeia, the Food Drug Administration, the Department of Transportation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Board of Pharmacy, any other applicable requirement under State and Federal law and any implementing rules or regulations regarding storage, packaging, labeling, shipping, dispensing, transfilling, distributing and repackaging of medical gas.
19.1.1 Pharmacy Technicians shall successfully complete a training program. Training shall begin immediately upon initiation of employment and be completed within 90 days. Once training is commenced the technician in training may work in the pharmacy under the direct supervision of a pharmacist or a trained technician.
22.214.171.124 The areas of training required are to be determined by the pharmacist-in-charge and will be appropriate to the practice site and responsibilities assigned to the technicians. Training should be a minimum of 10 hours of didactic training in the following areas:
19.1.2 Certified pharmacy technicians must be at least 18 years of age, and successfully pass the PTCB Exam or other national technician certification exam approved by the Board of Pharmacy. Only certified pharmacy technicians or those individuals approved pursuant to Regulations 126.96.36.199 may assist the pharmacist by reconstituting oral solutions and contacting the prescriber or their agent to obtain refill authorization or other patient or prescription information of a non-clinical nature, or assisting the pharmacist with compounding.
188.8.131.52 A pharmacy technician completing a training program approved by the Board in lieu of passing the PTCB exam or passing a national certification program may perform the functions of a certified technician. However, approval to perform the functions of the certified technician is limited to the approved setting and is not transferable to any other facility.
19.2.1 Except in emergency situations for short periods where staff is unavailable only pharmacy technicians and certified pharmacy technicians may assist the pharmacist or deliver prescriptions in the pharmacy to a patient or the patient's agent.
19.2.2 Pharmacy technicians and certified pharmacy technicians may carry out any pharmacy-related duty assigned to them by their supervising pharmacist except for those activities specifically excluded by 24 Del.C. §§2507(b) and 2502(19).
20.1 Specialty institutional pharmacies are those institutional pharmacies which provide specialized pharmacy services restricted in scope of practice and designed to provide certain health care pharmacy services that are not generally obtainable from other pharmacy permittees. Specialty institutional pharmacies include but are not limited to short term or primary care treatment modalities that have pharmacies on site such as outpatient chemotherapy centers, primary treatment centers, free standing emergency rooms, rapid in/out surgical centers and certain county health programs.