Professional surroundings for the patient shall be maintained in the pharmacy. These surroundings include waiting areas with chairs, consultation areas and the stocking of health-related materials.
The pharmacist shall serve as a source of health information to patients in an effort to optimize preventive medicine and health maintenance.
The pharmacist shall maintain a sufficient up-to-date library to optimally practice their role as a drug information specialist. This library shall include references on toxicology, drug interactions, compounding, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacology, medicine and others. In addition to the toxicology text, ready access should be made available to the local poison control center. This library may consist of a combination of paper and electronic sources. A veterinary-specific drug reference shall be available if any dispensing to animal patients occurs.
The pharmacist shall have the ability to evaluate the common signs and symptoms of acute self-limiting illness.
The pharmacist shall have the ability to consult with prescribers about the proper drug entity and design of regimens for patients.
The pharmacist shall have the ability to monitor the patient’s response to legend and non-legend medications.
The pharmacy shall be maintained in a clean orderly manner with good lighting and merchandise neatly displayed.
Patient records will be kept which document the recommendations and counseling given to patients. These records must be maintained in conformance with current HIPPA regulations.