Resolution No. 108-8-12
Title: Repackaging Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
Whereas, patients residing in long-term care facilities often possess prescriptions dispensed from traditional community pharmacies in containers such as capped vials; and
Whereas, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that transferring medications from these previously dispensed containers to unit dose packaging is considered manufacturing; and
Whereas, in order to safely and securely manage patient care, long-term care facilities require drugs to be packaged in unit dose containers;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy contact FDA to determine if transferring medications from previously dispensed containers to unit dose packaging is a violation of federal law, and if not, revise the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy pursuant to such determination.
(Resolution passed at the NABP 108th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA)