To provide pharmacy services and expertise to public health programs and partners in a cost-effective, clinically responsible manner. The Office establishes up to date clinical pharmacy practice, provides current drug and disease information, assures full regulatory compliance and provides for all aspects of budgeting and purchasing including reporting, forecasting, and accounting processes. The State Office of Pharmacy is dedicated to disease prevention and the promotion of the health and well-being of Georgians.
Office Services and Activities
- Provide pharmaceutical expertise to address population and evidence-based programs using epidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic data, medication use standards, utilization review and risk reduction evaluations.
- Assure compliance with O.C.G.A. §31-8-304 "Donated Drug Repository Program" by managing participant eligibility
- Serve as pharmacist of record required by O.C.G.A. §43-34-23(4).
- Assure compliance with all pharmacy laws, rules and regulations and communicate requirements to state, district and local staff
- Participate in Emergency Preparedness and Response by evaluating the probability and impact of pharmaceutical risk and pharmacists practice roles and assist with identifying solutions and communicating mitigation strategies by collaborating with the Board of Pharmacy, pharmacy community, local, state , and federal agencies, and other stakeholders
- Identify and provide solutions to current and emerging drug shortages
- Pharmaceutical procurement and contract compliance for Public Health programs
- Training on pharmacology and drug pricing programs
- Serve on state and national advisory councils for pharmaceutical portfolio development, emerging therapies, forecasts, and effective contract strategies
- Provide drug information to all clinic staff statewide
- Develop and/or review drug formularies for appropriate, cost-effective drug therapy.
- Develop and/or review the drug treatment area of all Public Health nurse protocols
DPH-Division of Emergency Preparedness Response System
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Accidental Drug Overdose: According to the FDA, studies show that 50% of harm from medication use could be prevented. Accidental drug overdose remains a leading cause of death to both illicit and prescription drugs.
Department of Public Health-Injury Prevention
Safe Disposal of Medications: Consumers can safely and legally dispose of medications by using collecting sites coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or following the guidance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advice on disposal of unused meds. Also consumers can participate in the DEA's Drug Disposal-National Take Back Initiative.