boardhome
Today's Date:

Licensure Information
Licensee Lookup
Licensure with the Board
Applications and Forms
Fees
Education
FAQ
Renew Your License
Change Your Address
Application Status
Print copy of your license

Publications
Publications
Related Links

Complaint/Board Order Information
Board Orders
File a Complaint
What Can I Expect When a Complaint is Filed Against Me?


Board Information/Laws and Policies
Laws/Policies
FOIA Requests
Minutes
Board Members
Agendas
Board Meeting Calendar

Contact Us

Telephone: (803) 896-4700
Email: contactllr@llr.sc.gov

Lee Ann Bundrick, R.Ph.
Administrator

Marilyn Crouch
Program Assistant

Beverly Gould
Administrative Assistant
Pharmacy Facility Permits

Stephanie Calhoun
Administrative Assistant

Sally Green
Administrative Assistant

Michael Rowland
Administrative Assistant
Pharmacy Technician and
State Certified Pharmacy
Technician Registrations

Tanya Styles
Administrative Assistant

Darra Coleman
Advice Counsel




South Carolina Board of Pharmacy

The S.C. Board of Pharmacy offers the following tips to pharmacists for protecting a pharmacy before, during and after a hurricane.

Planning Ahead - Before the storm:

Enclose the following lists in waterproof material.

  • Names of pharmacy employees with contact information
  • Names of local radio and TV stations with news phone numbers.
  • Names of local physician offices and hospitals.
  • Contact information for wholesalers and delivery services (UPS, FedEx).

Obtain the following:

  • Contact name at the S.C. Emergency Management Division ((803) 737-8500).
  • Waterproof covering material.
  • List of area shelters.

Prior to the Storm

If the pharmacy is to be closed and/or evacuated, notify appropriate legal supervisory personnel.

Anticipate power outages.

  • § In some cases, a portable generator may be advisable.
  • § Ice and coolers should be available to store refrigerated products (i.e. insulin).
  • § Store flammable materials appropriately.

Closing a Pharmacy

Notify the following if the pharmacy is to be closed (and when it reopens):

    • § Store personnel
    • § Local and television media
    • § Physicians and/or hospitals
    • § S.C. Emergency Management Division ((803) 737-8500)

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:

  • § Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Columbia's District Office at (803) 765-5251.
  • § DHEC Bureau of Drug Control at (803) 896-0636. DEA Form 106 and/or a disposal form DEA 41 may need to be completed.
  • § Board of Pharmacy at (803) 896-4700.
  • § All permit holders must report to the Board of Pharmacy within 10 working days of the discovery of the occurrence of disasters, accidents, destruction or loss of records required to be maintained by state or federal law (see S.C. Code of Laws 40-43-91).

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

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:

    • § The pharmacist has all prescription information necessary in order to accurately refill the prescription and;
    • § In the pharmacist's professional opinion the medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy and;
    • § The pharmacist reduces the information to a written prescription marked "Emergency Refill”, files the prescription as required by law and notifies the prescribing physician within 15 days of the emergency refill and;
    • § The prescription is not for a controlled substance

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:

    • § The pharmacist has some type of identification to verify current licensure in another state and;
    • § The pharmacist is engaged in a legitimate relief effort during an emergency situation.”

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.

Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-4300 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.,m.

Directions | Site Map | Privacy | Disclaimer | Customer Satisfaction Survey | Contact Us | Other Languages

The S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is pleased to provide various publications in portable document format (PDF).
You will need Adobe Reader to view and print these publications.