2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Health Care
Article 42.5 - Pharmacists, Pharmacy Businesses, and Pharmaceuticals
Part 3 - Wholesalers
§ 12-42.5-305. Restrictions on transactions

CO Rev Stat ยง 12-42.5-305 (2016) What's This?

(1) A wholesaler shall accept prescription drug returns or exchanges from a pharmacy or a chain pharmacy warehouse pursuant to the terms and conditions of the agreement between the wholesale distributor and the pharmacy or chain pharmacy warehouse. The receiving wholesale distributor shall distribute returns or exchanges of expired, damaged, recalled, or otherwise unsaleable pharmaceutical product only to the original manufacturer or to a third-party returns processor. The returns or exchanges of prescription drugs, saleable or unsaleable, including any redistribution by a receiving wholesaler, are not subject to the pedigree requirements of section 12-42.5-306, so long as the drugs are exempt from the pedigree requirement of the federal food and drug administration's currently applicable "Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987" guidance. The pharmacies, chain pharmacy warehouses, and pharmacy buying cooperative warehouses are responsible for ensuring that the prescription drugs returned are what they purport to be and shall ensure that those returned prescription drugs were stored under proper conditions since their receipt. Wholesalers are responsible for policing their returns process and helping to ensure that their operations are secure and do not permit the entry of adulterated or counterfeit product. A pharmacist shall not knowingly return a medication that is not what it purports to be.

(2) A manufacturer or wholesaler shall furnish prescription drugs only to a board-registered outlet or practitioner authorized by law to prescribe the drugs. Before furnishing prescription drugs to a person or entity not known to the manufacturer or wholesaler, the manufacturer or wholesaler shall affirmatively verify that the person or entity is legally authorized to receive the prescription drugs by contacting the board.

(3) A manufacturer or wholesaler may furnish prescription drugs to a hospital pharmacy receiving area if a pharmacist or authorized receiving agent signs, at the time of delivery, a receipt showing the type and quantity of the prescription drug received. The pharmacist or authorized receiving agent shall report any discrepancy between the receipt and the type and quantity of the prescription drug actually received to the delivering manufacturer or wholesaler by the next business day after the delivery to the pharmacy receiving area.

(4) A manufacturer or wholesaler shall not accept payment for, or allow the use of, a person's or entity's credit to establish an account for the purchase of prescription drugs from any person other than the owner of record, the chief executive officer, or the chief financial officer listed on the license of a person or entity legally authorized to receive prescription drugs. An account established for the purchase of prescription drugs must bear the name of the licensee. This subsection (4) does not apply to standard ordering and purchasing business practices between a chain pharmacy warehouse, a wholesaler, and a manufacturer.

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