Every pharmacy must have a designated Pharmacist in Charge (PIC) to operate and be in compliance in all fifty states in the USA. This is true for every type of pharmacy, inclusive of retail, hospital, community, mail order, specialty and institutional pharmacies. Although each state legislature and Board of Pharmacy has their own statutes and wording, all states require that the pharmacist who signs the application for a pharmacy permit or the renewal of a pharmacy
permit shall be the pharmacist-in-charge (PIC) for that facility. Additionally, all states require that the PIC be licensed in their state and that the pharmacist shall not be the PIC at more than one community pharmacy or institutional pharmacy in the state.
The Pharmacist in Charge responsibilities basically revolve around instituting and maintaining compliance to all of the state and federal regulations that are required for the pharmacy to operate. These include producing and updating written policies and procedures, performing controlled substance inventories, staff supervision and training, plus ensuring adequate equipment, software and signage are all in place.
State Board of Pharmacy Rules Regarding a Pharmacist in Charge
In addition to the mandatory requirement of having a Pharmacist in Charge, there are time sensitive regulations that are important for every pharmacy owner to be aware of. Although variance does occur by state, most adhere to the following guidelines:
– A permit for a pharmacy located within a state will not be issued or renewed unless the PIC is licensed in that state.
– If the PIC’s license becomes inactivated or is voided for any reason (inclusive of suspension, revocation, surrender or restrictions placed by the state on the designated PIC), then a brand new pharmacy permit is required and the application must be made by another pharmacist that is licensed to practice in that state within ten (10) days.
– If the PIC is fired (or decides that they no longer want to be the PIC of the pharmacy operation), it is required that they notify the State Board of Pharmacy in writing and return the pharmacy’s permit. The owner of the pharmacy then has ten (10) days to designate a new PIC at their facility and submit an application for a new permit.
It is important to note that the Board of Pharmacy requires that an inventory of all controlled substances at the pharmacy be performed and submitted to the Board whenever there is a change of the Pharmacist in Charge. If the previous PIC did not perform a controlled substance inventory, then it is the responsibility of the new PIC to perform one and submit it to the State Board of Pharmacy.
HCC Can Help Get Your Pharmacy the Right PIC
Whether your are an existing pharmacy owner who needs a PIC, or a brand new pharmacy startup in need of a Pharmacist in Charge in order to apply for a permit, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can help you. In business since 1989, HCC can find you the best qualified pharmacist to meet your needs. With over 31 years of experience in pharmacy staffing and pharmacist recruitment, HCC is known nationally for being able to match the right candidate to the right job in all fifty states.
Additionally, HCC offers our clients Interim Pharmacy Management Services. This not only allows your pharmacy to operate while you search for just the right PIC, but allows our experienced staff the chance to review your pharmacy business regarding both performance and efficiency. We also offer non-resident licensing services for all fifty states.
If you are currently looking for the best PIC available for your pharmacy operation, call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC staffing consultant will contact you back asap to discuss your needs.