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State Board of Pharmacy Announces New OARRS Rules, Resources for Pharmacists

On February 1, 2016, new requirements for pharmacists take effect. These updates lay out when a pharmacist is required to review patient information in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). To assist pharmacists in the implementation of this updated rule, the Board has put together a one-page fact sheet and pocket card that provides the circumstances in 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. Entitled "Sometimes We Just Have to Say No", the 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.

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