The mission of the Pharmacy Section is to provide current drug and disease information and high quality, cost-effective pharmaceuticals to health professionals working within the public health system, for use in disease prevention and the promotion of the health and well-being of Georgians.
Major Function Areas
The Pharmacy Director plans, organizes, and directs the pharmacy service programs of the Division of Public Health by coordinating the activities of pharmacists, other division and district health professionals and administrative and technical personnel involved in the statewide delivery of drugs and vaccines to public health clinics. Pharmaceuticals are provided by the Division for the following program areas:
Pharmaceuticals are ordered and distributed through District Drug Coordinators from pharmacy manufacturers, pharmacy wholesalers, the Division or TB pharmacy, or other contracted organizations.
Federal and state laws, rules and regulations are reviewed and communicated to Division, district and local staff. Policies and procedures are developed for drug distribution and pharmaceutical care, i.e., drug purchasing, storage, record keeping, handling, labeling, administering, dispensing and patient counseling. This process is monitored to ensure the integrity of the drug product used in patient care and compliance with laws and regulations. Current drug and disease information is provided to all staff statewide.
The Pharmacy Director also develops or reviews the drug treatment section of nurse protocols in collaboration with physicians, medical specialists, nurse program consultants, and health professionals in clinical practice. Division drug formularies are continuously reviewed for appropriate, cost-effective drug therapy.
Proposed Alternative Methods Demonstration
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DCH), Division of Public Health, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is seeking pharmacies for a statewide “point of sale” pharmacy service program, whereby the State would provide ADAP clients with prescription services in their communities.
DHR desires to implement cost containment measures to better serve the underserved
population of Georgia citizens with Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV). The main
objectives are to bring drug distribution closer to the patient, review the whole patient profile, assist clinical staff in promoting adherence, eliminate waste and develop a “real time” inventory of pharmaceuticals.
The project will allow DHR to use multiple pharmacy service sites without prohibiting DHR to access the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
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