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North Carolina Board Headed to Court over R.Ph. Workload Rule

Magazine article Drug Topics

North Carolina Board Headed to Court over R.Ph. Workload Rule

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Stung when a citizens' panel rejected its new regulation on pharmacists' hours and breaks, the North Carolina pharmacy board has decided to tell it to the judge.

The pharmacy board voted to seek a judicial review of the state Rules Review Commission's rejection of its workplace regulation. The rule in dispute mandated that pharmacists' work shifts could not exceed 12 continuous hours and that they are entitled to meal and rest breaks. The turndown will be appealed to state superior court, said David Work, pharmacy board executive director.

"The board of pharmacy has had its hands tied, but for the first time, we're fighting back," said Work. "The board is highly committed to the rule because it's plainly exhausting to work 12, 14, 16 hours per day. And it's dangerous to the public to have that person filling prescriptions. Our complaints from the public were up 40% in each of the past two years. …

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