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Automated Pharmacy Dispensing System

Concerning the operation of automated pharmacy dispensing systems.
2023 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act authorizes a prescription drug outlet (outlet) to operate an automated pharmacy dispensing system (system) for the purpose of dispensing prescription medications, other than controlled substances, to patients.

The act requires an outlet dispensing prescription drugs through a system to:

  • Register the system with the state board of pharmacy (board);
  • Require a pharmacist to perform all clinical services as part of the dispensing process;
  • Ensure that the system clearly displays the system's registration number and contact information;
  • Locate each system at the same location as the outlet unless other criteria is met;
  • Ensure confidentiality of health information; and
  • Ensure that the system is accessible to persons with disabilities.

An outlet may operate a system in the same or different location than the outlet if it is:

  • Under the supervision and control of the outlet;
  • Installed in a place and manner where it cannot be removed or accessed without authorization; and
  • Located in a secure location.

The act also requires each outlet operating a system:

  • To develop, implement, and maintain written policies and procedures to ensure the proper, safe, and secure functioning of the system;
  • Inside the premises of a retail business to only operate during the hours that the outlet is closed; and
  • To make all transaction information readily available for review and inspection by the board.

APPROVED by Governor May 1, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details