(a)  The facility shall not possess a stock of prescription drugs for general or common use except as permitted by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and as follows:

(1)           for all intravenous and irrigation solutions in single unit quantities exceeding 49 ml. and related equipment for the use and administration of such;

(2)           diagnostic agents;

(3)           vaccines;

(4)           drugs designated for inclusion in an emergency kit approved by the facility's Quality Assurance Committee;

(5)           water for injection; and

(6)           normal saline for injection.

(b)  Patient Drugs:

(1)           The contents of all prescriptions shall be kept in the original container bearing the original label as described in Subparagraph (b)(2) of this Rule.

(2)           Except in a 72-hour or less unit dose system, each individual patient's prescription drugs shall be labeled with the following information:

(A)          the name of the patient for whom the drug is intended;

(B)          the most recent date of issue;

(C)          the name of the prescriber;

(D)          the name and concentration of the drug, quantity dispensed, and prescription serial number;

(E)           a statement of generic equivalency which shall be indicated if a brand other than the brand prescribed is dispensed;

(F)           the expiration date, unless dispensed in a single unit or unit dose package;

(G)          auxiliary statements as required of the drug;

(H)          the name, address and telephone number of the dispensing pharmacy; and

(I)            the name of the dispensing pharmacist.

(c)  Non-prescription drugs shall be kept in the original container as received from the supplier and shall be labeled with at least:

(1)           the name and concentration of the drug, and quantity packaged;

(2)           the name of the manufacturer, lot number and expiration date.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-104; 131E-117;

Eff. January 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2013;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 22, 2015.