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October 24, 2013

Audit: NC pharmacies not routinely inspected

More than a third of the state’s pharmacies have not been inspected in four years or more, according to a state audit released Thursday.

More than a third of the state’s pharmacies have not been inspected in four years or more, according to a state audit released Thursday.

The N.C. Board of Pharmacy regulates 2,740 pharmacies and conducts routine and investigatory inspections.

“The failure to regularly inspect pharmacies increases the risk of problems and violations that could threaten public health and safety,” the audit said.

State law does not require regular pharmacy inspections, and the board does not have a policy on inspection frequency.

The board has focused on investigations and inspections based on complaints, the audit said. The board’s method of adding up its inspections did not indicate whether they were routine or based on complaints, the audit said, leading to an overstatement of inspections.

In its response, the Pharmacy Board said it had updated its record-keeping to “minimize the risk that pharmacies would be overlooked during inspection assignments.”

The board is improving the information it collects and how it’s reported, the response said.

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