Naloxone Access: A Practical Guide for Pharmacists

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Information for Pharmacy Professionals

What prescribers & pharmacies must do

  • Register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
  • Learn how the program can help you provide safer care to your patients.
  • Use the program each time you prescribe a controlled substance.
  • Review the PDMP data to see if other prescribers have already given a patient a similar medicine or a medication that might cause a serious adverse drug reaction. If this is the case, consider whether your patients may be over utilizing a medication. (Is the patient's pain under treated? Is the patient diverting the medication, or has the patient become dependent, pseudo-addicted, or addicted?) These are clinical matters and require your thoughtful analysis. more
  • Act responsibly. If you detect a pattern of overuse or over prescribing, help stop it. Pharmacists may refuse to fill a prescription based on a concern of addiction. Physicians may make a diagnosis of addiction and work with the patient to address the addiction.
  • Maintain effective controls against diversion into illegitimate channels.

What pharmacies must report

  • Retail pharmacies must report prescriptions dispensed to patients, including veterinary patients.
  • Institutional pharmacies must report prescriptions dispensed to patients on an outpatient basis.
  • Non-resident pharmacies must report all prescriptions dispensed or sent, mailed, or otherwise delivered to Rhode Island residents, including veterinary patients.

What pharmacy professional should do

To Get licensed

To Stay Licensed

  • Pharmacists must follow the continuing education requirements listed in the pharmacy regulations more
  • Pharmacy Technicians must notify the Board of Pharmacy if they change the pharmacy branch at which they work and must reapply if they wish to work for a different pharmacy.