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Office of Pharmacy

PHARMACY SERVICES OVERVIEW

The Office of Pharmacy Section provides pharmacy services 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

  • The Office of Pharmacy plans, organizes, and directs the pharmacy service programs of the Department of Public Health by coordinating the activities of pharmacists, other departments, district health professionals and administrative and technical personnel involved in the statewide delivery of drugs and vaccines to public health clinics.
  • Pharmaceuticals are provided by the Department for the following program areas: Hypertension Prevention, Immunization, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), Tuberculosis (TB), Family Planning (FP), HIV/AIDS (ADAP).
  • Pharmaceuticals are ordered and distributed through District Drug Coordinators from pharmacy manufacturers, pharmacy wholesalers, the Division or TB pharmacy, or other contracted organizations.
  • Federal and state laws, rules and regulations are reviewed and communicated to Division, district and local staff. Policies and procedures are developed for drug distribution and pharmaceutical care, i.e., drug purchasing, storage, record keeping, handling, labeling, administering, dispensing and patient counseling. This process is monitored to ensure the integrity of the drug product used in patient care and compliance with laws and regulations. Current drug and disease information is provided to all staff statewide.
  • Develops and/or reviews the drug treatment area of all Public Health nurse protocols in collaboration with physicians, medical specialists, nurse program consultants, and health professionals in clinical practice. Drug formularies are continuously reviewed for appropriate, cost-effective drug therapy. Dispensation of medication occurs under the authority of the State Pharmacy Drug Dispensing Procedure which is required by O.C.G.A. 43-34-23(4).
  • Participates on the Department of Public Health's Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response Team and provides assistance in the Public Health Emergency Operations Center.

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Medication Safety

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.

Helpful Resources:

Georgia Poison Control Center

Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

National Council On Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

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.

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