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Pharmacist in Charge

A pharmacy license is issued in the name of the PIC and is not assignable or transferable.

Each pharmacy shall have one pharmacist in charge (PIC). The primary responsibilities of the PIC in general pharmacy practice settings are identified in 657—6.2(155A); in hospital pharmacy practice are identified in 657—7.2(155A); in nuclear pharmacy practice are identified in 657—16.4(155A); and correctional facility pharmacy practice are identified in 657—15.3(155A). The PIC is ultimately responsible for establishing and implementing policies and procedures for all operations of the pharmacy and for ensuring the pharmacy operations and practices comply with all requirements of federal and state pharmacy and drug laws, rules, and regulations.

The pharmacist in charge shall take a complete inventory of controlled substances on hand at the pharmacy upon assuming the duties of PIC.

A PIC, upon resigning the position of PIC, shall take a complete controlled substances inventory.


A pharmacy license is issued in the name of the PIC and is not assignable or transferable.

A pharmacist in charge of a hospital pharmacy must be knowledgeable about hospital pharmacy practice and management. The hospital pharmacy must have sufficient supportive personnel, including technical, clerical, and secretarial staff, available to minimize the use of pharmacists in nonjudgmental tasks with appropriate supervisory controls in place for the supportive personnel. A part-time pharmacist in charge has the same obligations and responsibilities as a full-time pharmacist in charge. Where 24-hour operation of the pharmacy is not feasible, a pharmacist shall be available on an "on call" basis.

For more information, please contact Diana Carlos-Pirillo.

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