The Pharmacy Division is responsible for establishing dispensing policies for all county health departments and overseeing implementation of these policies.
Division Services and Activities
- The Pharmacy Division consults and coordinates with all public health units, including county health departments and other agencies on medication-related and pharmacy-related activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, distribution issues, clinical information, drug scheduling, purchasing, and regulatory issues. Medication reviews are also provided to state employees to enhance their knowledge about their medication. Consultation and assistance is provided in the areas of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, bioterrorism, diabetes, arthritis, and home health.
- The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is housed in the Pharmacy Division. The primary role of PDMP is to monitor the dispensing of schedule II-V controlled substances in Alabama.
- Internships to pharmacy students are provided by the Pharmacy Division, hosting students from Auburn University and Samford University each year. Assistance is also provided in coordinating professional education satellite programs for nurses, pharmacists, and physicians.
- The Pharmacy Division participates on the departmentís bioterrorism task force and coordinates development of Alabamaís procedures for ordering and processing the Strategic National Stockpile, a special stockpile of drugs and supplies, which would be shipped by the federal government to the state following any terrorism event.
Many pharmacists are now providing immunizations in the State of Alabama. To find participating pharmacists in your area, please view a list of immunizing pharmacists. Publix Pharmacy has provided a copy of the Publix Pharmacy Alabama Inmmunizers list to find participating pharmacies near you.
High-Dose Flu Vaccine
Alabama pharmacies, such as Krogers, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, and Borden Family Pharmacy in Cullman, Alabama, provide high dose seasonal vaccines to adults 65 years of age and older. Pharmerica provides high dose flu vaccines to nursing home residents. For information on the new Fluzone high-dose seasonal vaccine, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Questions and Answers page.
Reporting of Tuberculosis Patients by Pharmacists
Alabama law explicitly requires that pharmacists dispensing anti-tuberculosis medications report that information to the State Health Officer, the county health officer, or their designee.
Section 22-11A-9 Reporting of Tuberculosis Patients by Pharmacists
Tips for Safe Medicine Use
Remember "The Three Rs for Safe Medicine Use" - risk, respect, and responsibility. For more information, and to read about prescription assistance programs and tips on safe storage of your prescription medicines, visit Educate Before You Medicate from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE).
Also check out What Does a Drug Dealer Look Like? to learn more about prescription drug abuse.
2014 DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day September 27, 2014
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has anoounced another opportunity for consumers to dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the ninth DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 27, 2014. On this day, thousands of collection sites will be available across the country to accept unneeded prescription drugs, including controlled substances, for safe and legal disposal. Since 2010, DEA's Take-Back Day initiative has collected a combines total of 4.1 million pounds of unneeded medications, helping to prevent diversion, misuse, and abuse of the drugs. More information about the DEA Take-Back Days, local medication disposal programs, and methods for safe home disposal of drugs is available in the "Find Disposal Information" section of the AWARE Prescription Drug Safety Program website.
The Strategic National Stockpile Just In Time Training
The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is the country's national repository of medicine, vaccines, antidotes, and other critical supplies that may be necessary for use in extreme public health emergencies. Each state has its own plan for receiving and dispensing SNS items. Here in Alabama, SNS supplies are distributed by properly trained Public Health employees and volunteers. For a thorough review of the SNS and how its supplies are to be distributed in Alabama if warranted, please view the POD Training video.