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PDFWAC 246-945-315

Delegation of pharmacy functions to pharmacy ancillary personnel.

(1) All delegated pharmacy functions shall be performed under a pharmacist's immediate supervision. A pharmacist, as an adjunct to assist in the immediate supervision of the pharmacy ancillary personnel or intern, may employ technological means to communicate with or observe the pharmacy ancillary personnel or intern. A pharmacist shall make certain all applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, confidentiality, are fully observed when employing technological means of communication and observation. If technology is being used to provide immediate supervision of pharmacy ancillary personnel or intern such technology shall be sufficient to provide the personal assistance, direction and approval required to meet the standard of practice for the delegated tasks.
(2) When delegating a pharmacy function to a pharmacy technician:
(a) A pharmacist shall consider the pharmacy technician's scope of practice, education, skill, and experience and take them into account; and
(b) A pharmacist will not delegate a pharmacy function that is listed in WAC 246-945-320.
(3) A pharmacist may delegate to a pharmacy assistant those functions defined in RCW 18.64A.030 and the following:
(a) Prepackage and label drugs for subsequent use in prescription dispensing operations; and
(b) Count, pour, and label for individual prescriptions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005, 18.64.080, 18.130.075, 18.64.043, 18.64.044, 18.64.045, 18.64.046, 18.64.370, 18.64.460, 69.50.310, 18.64.011, 18.64.245, 18.64.470, 18.64.255, 18.64.205, 18.64.253, 18.64.410, 18.64.500, 18.64.590. WSR 20-12-072, ยง 246-945-315, filed 6/1/20, effective 7/1/20.]
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