Frequently Asked Questions
Pharmacy Personnel and Required References in the Pharmacy
- What changes have been made concerning the professional
reference books that pharmacies are required to have?
Answer: Pharmacies are no longer required to have one
specific reference book, the United States Pharmacopoeia
Dispensing Information. However, pharmacies must have copies of
current laws, rules and regulations governing the practice of
pharmacy in New York. Pharmacists must also have ready access to
current references such as books, CD-ROM or other online
- Has the ratio of unlicensed assistants to pharmacists been
Answer: YES. Effective with the implementation of these
regulations, pharmacists may now have the assistance of two
unlicensed assistants at one time (Part 29.7(a)(22) Rules of the
Board of Regents). However, the responsibility of dispensing
rests with the pharmacist. The pharmacist must check all
prescriptions filled by an unlicensed assistant before they are
- Do registered pharmacy interns count in the ratio?
Answer: NO. Registered pharmacy interns may practice as
pharmacists under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
- Has there been a change in what functions an unlicensed
person may perform in a pharmacy?
Answer: YES. Unlicensed persons may now key data into
computer files. However, the pharmacist must verify all of the
information prior to dispensing of a prescription by entering his
or her initials or other personal identifier. The record of the
dispensing must clearly identify the dispensing pharmacist. The
responsibility of dispensing rests with the pharmacist.
November 16, 2009