New requirements for when pharmacists must check OARRS
On Feb. 1, 2016, updates to rule 4729-5-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code will go into effect that institute new requirements governing when a pharmacist is required to review patient information in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).
To assist pharmacists in the implementation of the updated rule, the Board has put together a one-page fact sheet and pocket card that explains the circumstances under which a pharmacist will have to query OARRS.
In addition, the Board has also created a one-page sheet designed to assist pharmacists in talking with a patient in situations where they may need to refuse to fill a prescription. The Sometimes We Just Have to Say No fact sheet provides an overview of when prescriptions are not considered valid, explains a pharmacist’s corresponding responsibility under the law and provides a phone number where patients and families can locate an addiction services provider.
All of these resources can be accessed here: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/OARRSRules