SECURITY IN THE PHARMACY
Section I. INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SECURITY
What does the term security mean? The term security is defined as the
safeguarding of materials from danger or risk. Who is responsible for security in the
pharmacy? The answer is you. This lesson will describe how pharmacy design can
help make the pharmacy secure, but in the final analysis, the best-designed pharmacy
cannot be considered secure if you are careless.
TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS LESSON
You have just heard that a new clinic is being planned for a troop area.
Headquarters has given you the responsibility of submitting suggestions on the design
of the clinic pharmacy. You have many ideas on just how the new pharmacy should be
designed. However, wait! What design concepts must be incorporated into the new
building for the storage of controlled substances? Where is such information to be
found? What requirements are common to both fixed facilities and table of organization
and equipment (TO&E) type pharmacies? How can the problem of prescription
forgeries be best solved? These questions will be addressed in this lesson.
Section II. SECURITY IN THE FIXED FACILITY PHARMACY
RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURITY IN THE ARMY PHARMACY
(AR 190-50, PHYSICAL SECURITY FOR THE STORAGE OF CONTROLLED
a. Commanders and individuals that are assigned custody of controlled medical
substances are responsible for taking the necessary measures to safeguard these
items. These measures should include, but not be limited to:
(1) Ensuring that physical security responsibilities are assigned to
individuals who receive, store, issue, transport, use, dispose, turn-in, and account for
controlled medical substances.
(2) Providing specific security instructions to individuals who are in the
possession and control of, or who are responsible for, controlled medical substances
and sensitive items.