Alabama pharmacies must have secure premises that are completely enclosed and secure at all times. These Alabama pharmacy facilities must be locked and inaccessible any time the Alabama pharmacist is not present. All medications and medical devices and products that are dispensed by prescription must be within the physically enclosed space. The keys and access codes must be in the custody of the licensed pharmacist on duty. Understanding the importance of restricting access to pharmacy keys in the state of Alabama is vital for a pharmacist. Any lapse in controlled access to the pharmacy facility could result in action brought before the Pharmacy Board.
Only one unregistered person is able to have access to the pharmacy facility under Pharmacy Board Code. This person must have the approval of the facility owner and supervising pharmacist to hold keys or security codes that allow access to the pharmacy. If you are uncertain whether a person should be allowed access to the pharmacy under your supervision, contact Kreps Law Firm for a consultation to ensure that you remain in adherence to Pharmacy Board Code.
An exception to the limitations on access to pharmacy facilities includes emergency respondents like police, fire services, and paramedics. Some municipalities require that first responders have access to commercial facilities, including pharmacies. If you must allow access to public emergency response organizations, this must be filed with the Pharmacy Board to avoid violation. Submitting documentation of this access to the Pharmacy Board allows you to adhere to all of the requirements of both parties.
The pharmacist must also have access to the pharmacy facilities in the case of an emergency.
Kreps Law Firm specializes in assisting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the state of Alabama. If you have pharmacy access questions or concerns, we can help you understand and successfully apply the Pharmacy Board Code to your pharmacy.
Based on Alabama Pharmacy Board Code § 680-X-2-.11.