Emergency Hurricane Policies for Georgia Pharmacies

The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has adopted the following policy for pharmacies and pharmacists to follow during declared periods of emergency.  Please use these policies as your guidelines to ensure that our citizens and the evacuees in our state receive their necessary medications:

The First Arrest for Illegally Accessing GA PDMP Patient Data

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

News Release

Contact:  Stacy Carson, Special Agent in Charge – Kingsland, GA

912/729-6198

For Immediate Release August 1, 2016

Prescription Drug Labels (9-29-2014)

In response to numerous inquiries about the proper labeling of prescriptions drugs, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has examined the issue in light of state law.  O.C.G.A. Section 26-4-80(k) expressly provides:

Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) move to Schedule II Only

Hydrocodone Combination Product (HCP) rescheduling C-III to C-II

Effective October 6, 2014

EPCS (Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances) Updated 9-26-2014

On June 1, 2010, DEA's Interim Final Rule titled "Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances" became effective. 

Naloxone (Opioid Antagonist) Law Now In Effect

As of April 24, 2014, Georgia practitioners were authorized to begin issuing prescriptions for Opioid Antagonists (Naloxone).

Tramadol is now a Schedule IV Controlled Substance in Georgia

Beginning on Tuesday April 29, 2014 all drug products containing Tramadol are Schedule IV Controlled Substances in Georgia. This includes all single entity and combination Tramadol products. This scheduling action took place after Governor Deal signed House Bill 835, and the law took effect immediately.

Dispensing auto-injectable Epinephrine to schools

During the 2013 Legislative Session, Georgia's law changed to allow pharmacists to fill auto-injectable Epinephrine prescriptions written by physicians, APRNs, and PAs in the nname of a public or private school.

EPCS (Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances) (Updated February 7, 2014)

On June 1, 2010, DEA's Interim Final Rule titled "Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances" became effective.

Guidelines on what to do during an Armed Robbery of a Pharmacy

Due to the recent increase in pharmacy armed robberies, we have been asked to provide guidelines to pharmacists to help them know what to do in case their pharmacy is robbed.