Article from iAdvance Senior Care

Long-term care pharmacies seem to have won the latest round with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over medication repackaging and dispensing requirements. The FDA’s final guidance, “Repackaging of Certain Human (Prescription) Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities,” includes a reversal of several restrictions on drug repackaging—and gives a serious nod toward the unique needs and settings of LTC pharmacies work.

The biggest change in the rule is the elimination of the 14-day prepackaging requirement. Previously, LTC pharmacies were forbidden to repackage medications in anything less than a 14-day course, making the stocking of emergency kits problematic. Now, LTC pharmacies are permitted to repackage medications in any way needed, as long as the drugs don’t leave the pharmacy without a physician order.

The final rule also reversed its approach to remote dispensing technology. Earlier drafts had forbidden the use of remote dispensing if drugs needed to be repackaged by the LTC pharmacy in order to stock the dispensing units.

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