IT’S OK TO SAY NO.
YOU MIGHT JUST SAVE A LIFE.
OARRS RULES FOR PHARMACISTS
On February 1, 2016, updates to rule 4729-5-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code will go into effect. These updates include new requirements on when a pharmacist is required to review patient information in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). To assist pharmacists in the implementation of this updated rule, the Board has put together a one-page fact sheet and pocket card that provides the circumstances in which a pharmacist will have to query OARRS.
SOMETIMES WE JUST HAVE TO SAY NO
The Board has also created a one-page sheet designed to assist pharmacists in talking with a patient in situations where they may need to refuse to fill a prescription. Entitled “Sometimes We Just Have to Say No”, the fact sheet provides an overview of when prescriptions are not considered valid, explains a pharmacist’s corresponding responsibility under the law and provides a phone number where patients and families can locate an addiction services provider.
The Board would like to remind all pharmacists that a corresponding responsibility rests with the pharmacist who dispenses any prescription. An order purporting to be a prescription issued not in the usual course of bona fide treatment of a patient is not a prescription and the person knowingly dispensing such a purported prescription, as well as the person issuing it, shall be subject to the penalties of law. Pharmacists should always use their professional judgment when making a determination about the legitimacy of a prescription (OAC 4729-5-20(G), 4729-5-30(A) & 4729-5-21(A)).