Effective January 1, 2016, Oregon-licensed pharmacies are expected to understand and be compliant with the regulations outlined in OAR 855-041-1036. These rules establish standards for the proper storage of all drugs, outline requirements for cold storage, and require a written quality assurance protocol for vaccines. The amended rules include provisions which require vaccines to be stored in a temperature stable section of the refrigerator as well as requiring the refrigerator to be equipped with a centrally placed buffered probe thermometer which is appropriately calibrated.
The attorneys at Frier Levitt advise pharmacies on issues related to compliance with state pharmacy laws and regulations. If you need assistance reviewing and updating your pharmacy’s policies and procedures to reflect your practices of proper drug storage, contact Frier Levitt today.