The Pharmacy Division is responsible for establishing dispensing policies for all county health departments and overseeing implementation of these policies.
Division Services and Activities
- The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has received funding from the Center for Disease Control, "Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (DDPI) on Opioid and Heroin Abuse and Overdose," to address the opioid and heroin abuse and overdose crisis within Alabama. ADPH is leveraging existing partnerships among healthcare, public safety, education, treatment, federal, state, and local government to facilitate the development of a statewide prescription drug and heroin abuse prevention plan.
- The Pharmacy Division consults and coordinates with all public health units, including county health departments and other agencies on medication-related and pharmacy-related activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, distribution issues, clinical information, drug scheduling, purchasing, and regulatory issues. Medication reviews are also provided to state employees to enhance their knowledge about their medication. Consultation and assistance is provided in the areas of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, bioterrorism, diabetes, arthritis, and home health.
- The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is housed in the Pharmacy Division. The primary role of PDMP is to monitor the dispensing of schedule II-V controlled substances in Alabama.
- Internships to pharmacy students are provided by the Pharmacy Division, hosting students from Auburn University and Samford University each year. Assistance is also provided in coordinating professional education satellite programs for nurses, pharmacists, and physicians.
- The Pharmacy Division participates on the department's bioterrorism task force and coordinates development of Alabama's procedures for ordering and processing the Strategic National Stockpile, a special stockpile of drugs and supplies, which would be shipped by the federal government to the state following any terrorism event.
Many pharmacists are now providing immunizations in the State of Alabama. To find participating pharmacists in your area, please view a list of immunizing pharmacists. Publix Pharmacy has provided a copy of the Publix Pharmacy Alabama Immunizers list to find participating pharmacies near you.
High-Dose Flu Vaccine
Alabama pharmacies, such as Krogers, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, and Borden Family Pharmacy in Cullman, Alabama, provide high dose seasonal vaccines to adults 65 years of age and older. Pharmerica provides high dose flu vaccines to nursing home residents. For information on the new Fluzone high-dose seasonal vaccine, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Questions and Answers page.
Reporting of Tuberculosis Patients by Pharmacists
Alabama law explicitly requires that pharmacists dispensing anti-tuberculosis medications report that information to the State Health Officer, the county health officer, or their designee.
Tips for Safe Medicine Use
Remember "The Three Rs for Safe Medicine Use" - risk, respect, and responsibility. For more information, and to read about prescription assistance programs and tips on safe storage of your prescription medicines, visit Educate Before You Medicate from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE).
Also check out What Does a Drug Dealer Look Like? to learn more about prescription drug abuse.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medication. October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back day. Search by zip code for a collection site near you. Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539.
The Strategic National Stockpile Just In Time Training
The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is the country's national repository of medicine, vaccines, antidotes, and other critical supplies that may be necessary for use in extreme public health emergencies. Each state has its own plan for receiving and dispensing SNS items. Here in Alabama, SNS supplies are distributed by properly trained Public Health employees and volunteers. For a thorough review of the SNS and how its supplies are to be distributed in Alabama if warranted, please view the POD Training video.
Drugs of Abuse
Below you will find a resource guide for controlled substances and information on newly scheduled drugs.
- Drugs of Abuse
- Tramadol Moved to Schedule IV Final Rule
- Hydrocodone Combinations Moved to Schedule II DEA Final Rule
The following links are for the latest Ebola information:
- General Information
- Ebola Virus Disease Screening for Outpatient Facility
- Pharmacist Guidelines for Ebola
Page last updated: October 6, 2017