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Sample Medication Management Guidance Document

Many medical offices accept sample medications from pharmaceutical representatives and dispense them to their patients. Providing sample medications to patients in a safe manner requires a diligent, well-managed process. It is important to follow state and federal pharmacy regulations. Detailed policies and procedures should be developed that will address the following areas when accepting and distributing pharmaceutical samples. These policies will provide a set of checks and balances to help prevent medication errors and adverse medication effects from impacting patients. Well-designed policies also will help protect the practice from loss of inventory or illicit pilferage. Effective tracking systems will facilitate awareness of any…

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