Corporate Compliance

Tip: Review controls for drug storage, counting, and safekeeping

Compliance Monitor, August 17, 2005

Verify that the pharmacy segregates controlled drugs in a locked room and properly adds these to controlled substance logs as required by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Review the procedures for counting and safekeeping controlled drugs

Ask the pharmacy whether it performs occasional counts of non-narcotic drugs to verify the accuracy of the perpetual inventory

Review procedures for stocking shelves with the drugs

Make sure the pharmacy properly labels shelves and includes sufficient space for storage

The above tip is an excerpt from the book "Hospital Auditing and Monitoring: Sample Programs for Key Risk Areas." Copyright 2004 by HCPro, Inc. This book is a step-by-step, practical manual that offers sample audit programs for the most troublesome areas that a hospital must audit. The binder and CD-ROM are filled with actual audit programs used by auditors and compliance officers in the field.

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