As the DSCSA rolls out, pharmacists play a crucial role protecting patients and the integrity of the drug supply
Verifying licensing or registration for trading partners:
- Check manufacturers' and repackagers' registration
- Check wholesale distributors' and third-party logistics providers' licensing.
- Check the licensing of pharmacies through the respective state authority.
Managing tracing documentation
Pharmacies can only accept prescription drugs with the correct product tracing documentation: the transaction information, history, and statement. If the trading partner you purchased the drugs from does not provide all this documentation, work with them to promptly get it.
Pharmacies are also responsible for maintaining this documentation in paper or electronic format for six years, and must provide it to trading partners if you sell them a prescription drug.
Investigating and properly handling suspect and illegitimate drugs
Pharmacies must investigate and handle suspicious prescription drugs, including those that may be counterfeit, diverted, stolen, intentionally adulterated, otherwise unfit for distribution. When faced with a suspect product, pharmacists must quarantine and investigate the prescription drugs to determine if they are illegitimate.
If they are illegitimate, pharmacies should work with the manufacturer and take specific steps to ensure patients do not receive the illegitimate drugs.
Pharmacies must also notify FDA and the trading partners they bought the drug from and sold the drug to.
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