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"ADDRESS OF RECORD" is the address that the Department recorded in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file. The Department's licensure maintenance unit maintains the address of record. If there's a change of address, applicant or licensee must notify the Department within 14 days.

"BOARD" is the State Board of Pharmacy.

"COMPOUNDING" is the preparation and mixing of components, excluding flavorings. Compounding occurs when (1) there's a prescription drug order or an initiative based on the prescriber-patient-pharmacist relationship in course of profession practice, or (2) it's for the purpose of research, teaching, or chemical analysis and not for sale or dispensing.

Commercially available products may be compounded for dispensing to individual patients only if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The commercial product is not available in a timely manner to meet the patient's needs; and

  • The prescribing healthcare provider has requested the drug to be compounded.

"DISPENSE or DISPENSING" involves interpreting and evaluating a prescription drug order in addition to filling, compounding, packaging, and labeling necessary for delivery the prescription drug order. Recommending, advising, and counseling on the drug contents, therapeutic value, uses, and precaution are also parts of the dispensing process.

Dispense or dispensing does NOT include physical delivery of a drug or device to a patient or patient's representative in a home, institution, or within a pharmacy store while the pharmacist is on duty and the pharmacy is open.

Tip to know: Only a pharmacist or pharmacy technician under the supervision of a pharmacist can input drug information through electronic-data-processing equipment.

"DRUGS" include the following:

  1. Articles or any supplement recognized in the official United States. Pharmacopoeia/National Formulary (USP/NF), or any supplement intended for their main use of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in human or animals, as approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  2. All other articles that are intended for their main use of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in human or animals, as approved by the FDA.

  3. Articles other than food that are intended for their main use to affect the structure or any function of the body of human or other animals.

"HOME PHARMACY" is the location where the primary operations of the pharmacy occur.

"MEDICATION THERAPY MANAGEMENT" (MTM) is a distinct service to optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients through improved medication use. The pharmacist must communicate the information provided to the patient's prescriber within 48 hours.

"NONRESIDENT PHARMACY" is a pharmacy physically located outside of Illinois that dispenses, ships, and delivers any prescription drugs to Illinois residents.

Table 1: Patient counseling activities performed by the pharmacist, student pharmacist & pharmacy technician


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