Telephone: (803) 896-4700 Lee Ann Bundrick, R.Ph. Marilyn Crouch Beverly Gould Stephanie Calhoun Sally Green Michael Rowland Tanya Styles Darra Coleman
Pharmacy Facility Permits
Pharmacy Technician and
State Certified Pharmacy
Telephone: (803) 896-4700
Lee Ann Bundrick, R.Ph.
Planning Ahead - Before the storm:
Enclose the following lists in waterproof material.
Obtain the following:
Prior to the Storm
If the pharmacy is to be closed and/or evacuated, notify appropriate legal supervisory personnel.
Anticipate power outages.
Closing a Pharmacy
Notify the following if the pharmacy is to be closed (and when it reopens):
If the store is to be closed and evacuation is warranted, the pharmacist-in-charge should produce two sets of backup tapes/ disks of drug inventory and prescription information. One set of information should be kept in a safe place and another kept off-site in the possession of the pharmacist-in-charge.
Prior to evacuation, computers should be shut down and covered with waterproof material. If flooding is expected, computers should be disconnected from the terminals and moved to a safe area.
Schedule II drugs should be moved to a locked, secure place. A safe may be used, but is not required. Other products such as prescription drugs should be moved, if possible, above the floor level and covered with waterproof materials.
After the Storm
If controlled substances are lost in a disaster, the pharmacist-in-charge must immediately contact the:
When the situation has stabilized, pharmacy personnel should be notified on what steps to take to restore the integrity of the pharmacy setting.
Getting Back to Business
Here are a few tips for manually dispensing drugs and refill authorizations.
Manually Dispensing Drugs
If the pharmacy computer is not working, prescriptions may be dispensed manually. Labels can be typed or handwritten using a waterproof pen. Since printed drug information may not be available, patient counseling should clarify any questions the patient may have.
Click here to review S.C. law (40-43-86(I)(4)(a-k)), which indicates, that all drugs dispensed to ambulatory or outpatients must contain a detailed label affixed to the container in which the drug is dispensed.
Refill authorizations may be difficult or impossible to obtain. If the Governor declares a State of Emergency within your county, pharmacists may utilize the S.C. State of Emergency Laws (Section 40-43-170) that allows for a one-time emergency refill of up to a 15-day supply of a prescribed medication if:
Offering Help to Affected Areas
S.C. law (40-43-170) states "a pharmacist not licensed in South Carolina but currently licensed in another state, may in a state of emergency dispense prescription medications in those affected counties without being licensed in South Carolina during the time that a state of emergency exists if:
Pharmacists in areas not affected by the natural disaster are encouraged to volunteer their services to disaster areas. You may contact SCPhA (803) 354-9977 to be added to the volunteer list or sign-up on your Board of Pharmacy renewal application.