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Chapter 480-6 PHARMACY LICENSES

Rule 480-6-.01 Pharmacy Licenses

(1) Application for license:
(a) Applications must be filed with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy located at the Department of Community Health, 2 Peachtree Street, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303, along with the required fee.
(b) Application for the licensing of a pharmacy will be considered on the basis of the application filed and an approval letter received from the Director of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency certifying the pharmacy possesses the necessary facilities and equipment for a license.
(c) The application fee shall NOT be refundable.
(2) Every pharmacy shall be under the direct charge of a registered pharmacist whose name shall appear on the license. In the event such pharmacist whose name shall appear on said license shall no longer be in charge of a pharmacy, the Board shall be notified immediately and shall be notified, at the same time, of the successor registered pharmacist.
(3) Licenses shall not be transferable. Licenses become null and void upon the sale, or change of mode of operation of the business.
(4) Licenses shall be renewed every two years and expire on June 30th of each odd year and may be renewed upon the payment of the required fee and the filing of an application for renewal. If the application for renewal is not made and the fee paid before September 1st of the odd year, the license shall lapse and shall not be renewed. An application for reinstatement shall be required. Reinstatement shall be at the sole discretion of the Board.

Rule 480-6-.02 Nonresident Pharmacy Permit

(1) Effective April 1, 2015, it shall be unlawful for any person, pharmacy, or facility located outside this state to ship, mail, or deliver prescription drugs orders into this state or to advertise its services, personally or through an in-state third party, unless such person, pharmacy or facility holds a pharmacy license pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 26-4-110.1, or holds a nonresident pharmacy permit pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 26-4-114.1, or is otherwise exempt from Georgia registration as a matter of Georgia law.
(2) Application for a non-resident pharmacy permit:
(a) Applications must be filed with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy located at 2 Peachtree Street, NW, 6th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, along with the required fee.
(b) The Board requires information from each applicant for a nonresident pharmacy permit on its application, including but not limited to, the following:
1. The name, full business address, and telephone number of the applicant;
2. All trade or business names used by the applicant;
3. Address, telephone numbers, and the names of contact persons for each facility used by the applicant for the records, storage, handling, and distribution of prescription drugs into this state;
4. Address, telephone number and name of agent of service for the applicant;
5. The type of ownership or operations (i.e., partnership, corporation, or sole proprietorship);
6. The name(s) of the owner and/or operator of the pharmacy, including:
(i) If a person, the name of the person;
(ii) If a partnership, the name of each partner and the name of the partnership;
(iii) If a corporation, the name and title of each corporate officer and director, the corporate names, and the name of the incorporation, and the name of the parent company, if any; or
(iv) If a sole proprietorship, the full name of the sole proprietorship and the name of the business entity.
7. Where operations are conducted at more than one location by a single pharmacy, each such location shall be permitted by the Board;
8. Proof of a valid, unexpired license, permit, or registration to operate a pharmacy in the compliance with the laws and rules of each state in which the applicant receives and dispenses prescription drug orders;
9. The names and license numbers of the pharmacist-in-charge of each facility involved in dispensing drugs to residents of this state and evidence that the pharmacist(s) are licensed and in good standing in the state where they are located;
10. Information necessary to demonstrate compliance with O.C.G.A. T. 50, Ch. 36;
11. Evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant in is compliance with all laws and investigations from each regulatory or licensing agency in which the applicant holds a license; and
12. If dispensing sterile or nonsterile compounding for practitioners to use in patient care in the practitioner's office, a copy of the most recent inspection report that is no older than two (2) years before the date of application was submitted and which is from an inspection conducted by the regulatory or licensing agencies of the jurisdiction in which the applicant is located that indicates compliance with the Board's rules and regulations and compliance with USP-NF standards for pharmacies performing sterile and nonsterile compounding, or another inspection approved by or conducted by the Board.
(3) Registration of a nonresident pharmacy permit will be considered on the basis of the application filed with the Board, fee paid, and a report from the Director of the GDNA certifying the applicant possesses the necessary qualifications for a permit.
(4) Application fees and renewal fees shall be set by the Board in a fee schedule and shall not be refundable.
(5) Permits may be denied for failure to comply with rules of the Board, for failure to meet the minimum qualifications for a permit, for the conviction by an owner or pharmacist of a felony involving the practice of pharmacy or the distribution of drugs, for false representations on an application, and for any other good cause related to evidence of misfeasance or malfeasance by the applicant.
(6) Permits become null and void upon the sale, transfer or change of mode of operation or location of the business. Prior to the sale, transfer or change in mode of operation or the location of the business, the nonresident pharmacy may apply for such change by submitting a Board- approved application to the Board, and paying a fee. The permits of nonresident pharmacies will not become void if proper application is made and approved prior to the change.
(7) Permits are issued for two years and expire on June 30th of each odd-numbered year, and may be renewed for two years upon the payment of the required fee for each place of business and the filing of a completed application for renewal. Applicants for renewal must submit such evidence as requested by the Board including, but not limited to evidence of certain inspection reports on compounding and the status of the licenses of the pharmacy and pharmacists in the state of location. If the application for renewal is not made and the fee not paid before September 1st of the odd-numbered year, the permit shall lapse and shall not be renewed, and an application for reinstatement shall be required. Reinstatement is at the sole discretion of the Board.
(8) The denial of a nonresident pharmacy permit and the denial of the renewal of a nonresident pharmacy permit shall not be considered a contested case under the provisions of O.C.G.A. T. 50, Ch. 13, but the applicant shall be entitled to an appearance before the Board.
(9) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall comply with all the recordkeeping requirements of the state in which they are located and licensed for all prescriptions shipped, mailed or delivered to patients or practitioners in the State of Georgia, but shall be maintained a minimum of two (2) years. Nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall notify the Board of each location where the required records are being maintained, and such records must be readily retrievable and produced to the Board within fifteen (15) business days, upon written request.
(10) In addition to labeling requirements required by the state where the nonresident pharmacy is located, the permit holders shall label the drugs dispensed with the following minimum information:
(a) The name and address of the dispenser;
(b) The serial number and date of the prescription or of its filling;
(c) The name of the prescriber;
(d) The name of the patient;
(e) The name of the drug dispensed;
(f) The direction for use and cautionary statements; and
(g) Identification of the pharmacist filling the prescription.
(11) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall comply with the Board's rules and regulations on delivery of prescriptions by mail in Board Chapter 480-48.
(12) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall comply with the laws and rules and regulations of the state where such pharmacies are located.
(13) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders who compound drugs must comply with the federal compounding laws as required in Board Chapter 480-11.
(14) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall maintain a toll-free telephone number operational during the permit holder's regular hours of operation, but not less than six days per week for a minimum of 60 hours per week, in order to provide patient counseling. Such toll-free number shall be capable of receiving inbound call from patients to the permit holder, and such number shall be on file with Board and shall be included on the label affixed to each container of all dispensed and distributed drugs sent into the State of Georgia.
(15) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders must notify the Board within five (5) business days of the receipt of any final order or decision by any other licensing board or federal agency of the imposition of disciplinary action or restriction by such other licensing board or federal agency. A final order or decision includes a consent order or agreement and is any decision, regardless whether there still exists an appellate right to the state or federal courts. Any revocation or suspension of a state or federal license or permit will result in the immediate suspension of the nonresident pharmacy permit pending a final decision by the Board.
(16) Within 72 hours, nonresident permit holders must update the Board of any change in pharmacist-in-charge of shipping into Georgia by completing forms provided by the Board and including such pharmacist licensure information and criminal history. Where a criminal background check cannot be completed within the seventy-two (72 hours) contemplated by this section, nonresident pharmacy permit holders must still update the Board of any change in pharmacist-in-charge of shipping into Georgia by completing forms provided by the Board and including such pharmacist licensure information, but shall have up to fifteen (15) business days to provide criminal history information.
(17) Nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall cooperate with the Board in any investigation involving prescription drugs distributed by such permit holder into this state or related to the permit holder's compounding practices. The permit holder shall respond within ten (10) business days to all communications from the Board or its designee. Failure to respond or cooperate with the Board shall be grounds for the immediate suspension of the nonresident pharmacy permit, pending a hearing on further disciplinary action by the Board. Failure to cooperate with the Board is grounds for disciplinary action by the Board.
(18) Notices to nonresident pharmacy permit holders shall be made on the agent of record with the Board. If notices are returned as undeliverable or unclaimed, service shall be made on the Executive Director., and any disciplinary proceedings shall proceed, or if a final decision, the decision shall become effective.
(19) If, in the course of investigation of a nonresident pharmacy permit holder or applicant, an onsite inspection by the Board or its designee is required, the permit holder or applicant shall be responsible for the cost of such onsite inspection.
(20) A nonresident pharmacy permit may be revoked or suspended or otherwise disciplined for any reason that a permit may be denied, for failure to comply with this rule, for disciplinary action by other states and federal agencies, for conduct causing bodily or psychological injuries to a resident of this state, and for failure to comply with Board laws and other applicable rules as provided herein.

Rule 480-6-.03 Repealed