- Can medicines continue to be assembled against a prescription when the responsible pharmacist is absent, and there is no other pharmacist in the pharmacy premises?
For the assembly process to take place a responsible pharmacist must be in charge of the pharmacy premises (s/he may be absent for up to two hours per day) and take place under the supervision of a pharmacist but who may not need to be physically present at the premises. The assembly process includes generating a dispensing label, taking medicines off the dispensary shelves, assembly of the items, labelling containers and accuracy checking.
- I am the responsible pharmacist and have already been absent for two hours. Later that day, I need to leave the pharmacy, as an emergency has risen. Can I leave the pharmacy?
As you have already been absent for the maximum allotted time, if you were to be absent no sale or supply of any medicines can take place (including GSL), as the pharmacy is considered to be without a responsible pharmacist. You must therefore weigh up the risks and benefits of your absence, and be prepared to justify your decision.
- If I accidentally go over the two hours absence, should I notify anyone?
Unless your pharmacy procedures require you to, the only people you may need to notify are the pharmacy staff. This is to ensure that no sale and supply of medicines takes place once you have been absent for more than two hours. It is a good idea to note your reason for more than two hours absence for example delayed in traffic.