Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Is A Pharmacy Designated Representative?

Updated June 27, 2018

California Designated Representative Licenses

Now there are more California Designated Representative license types (including, but not limited to):
  • California Designated Representative - Wholesaler
  • California Designated Representative - 3PL (third-party logistics provider)
  • California Designated Representative - Reverse Distributor
If you're applying for any one of these licenses, you might be interested in the following training courses. Successful completion earns a training affidavit (accepted by the California Board of Pharmacy):

Training programs for California Designated Representative license applicants  -  Earn a training affidavit

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If you're new to the pharmacy world of the Designated Representative, maybe this quick introduction will help. I'm going to explain, using the California (CA) State Board of Pharmacy as the example.

According to the CA Designated Representative application form:
A designated representative is an individual who performs clerical, inventory control, housekeeping, delivery, maintenance, or similar functions related to the distribution or dispensing of dangerous drugs or dangerous devices. To work as a designated representative, you must possess and keep a current certificate as a designated representative.
There are quite a number of requirements that have to be met in order to qualify, including the following training requirements listed on the application form:
Complete a training program that, at a minimum, addresses each of the following subjects:
(A) Knowledge and understanding of California and federal law relating to the distribution of dangerous drugs and dangerous devices.
(B) Knowledge and understanding of California and federal law relating to the distribution of controlled substances.
(C) Knowledge and understanding of quality control systems.
(D) Knowledge and understanding of the United States Pharmacopoeia standards relating to the safe storage and handling of drugs.
(E) Knowledge and understanding of prescription terminology, abbreviations, dosages and format.
The trick then becomes finding a way to fulfill the training program requirement.

SkillsPlus International Inc. offers designated representative training for California and Florida, so you might be interested in:

The Designated Representative and Exemptee Blog

CA Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) Exemptee online CBT training certification by SkillsPlus Intl Inc.

SkillsPlus Intl Info Blog
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