The Georgia Pharmacy Association

Here’s what you need to know about Georgia and Hurricane Irma — especially regarding pharmacy

Update (9/11)

Healthcare Ready has activated the RxOpen map for Hurricane Irma. They will be actively tracking the storm and standing by ready to assist with requests for information or assistance, and information sharing. If you have partners or colleagues in the affected areas that might want to connect with them, or need assistance, feel free to contact Healthcare Ready for assistance at or (866) 247-2694.

Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open is an interactive map that helps patients and providers find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster. The map will be updated daily throughout the federally-declared disaster. If pharmacies find their status is not consistent with what is shown on Rx Open, please notify Healthcare Ready at

Emergency Preparedness “Refill Too Soon” Edit Override:  Reminder: In August 2016, NCPDP members approved the most effective method for overriding refill too soon type reject during a disaster: using the Submission Clarification Code 13 — Payer-Recognized Emergency/Disaster Assistance Request. The pharmacist is indicating that an override is needed based on an emergency/disaster situation recognized by the payer.

Update (9/8): Prescriptions for evacuees

Friday, September 8: Policy #14 of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy (“Board”) provides for the refills of certain
medication for up to 30 days for persons in the areas covered by a State of Emergency declared by the
Governor of the State of Georgia. This policy is consistent with O.C.G.A. Section 26-4-80(j) and the
Governor’s Emergency Declaration. The Board is clarifying that persons who are evacuated from those
emergency areas may also receive a 30-day refill of medication by a Georgia pharmacy or pharmacist
without risk of disciplinary action by the Board.

You must meet the same criteria as the Emergency Refill Dispensing rules below.

State of Emergency

In 30 counties (see below). Mandatory evacuations of all residents east of I-95 as well as all of Chatham County (click map to enlarge).

In those 30 counties, Emergency Refill Dispensing rules are in effect for the duration of the emergency.

Per the Board of Pharmacy:

“[A] pharmacist may dispense a 72 hour refill supply of a prescription drug repeatedly to a patient, but in total not more than a thirty (30) day supply, without practitioner authorization if:

  1. The refill is not for a controlled substance;
  2. In the pharmacist’s professional judgment, the prescription drug is essential to the maintenance of the patient’s life or to the continuation of therapy;
  3. The pharmacist makes a good faith effort to reduce the information to a form that may be maintained for the time required by law or rule, indicates it is an “emergency refill prescription,” and maintains the record as required by state and federal law and as required by state and federal disaster agencies for consideration for possible reimbursement programs implemented to ensure continued provision of care during a disaster or emergency;
    1. The pharmacist informs the patient or the patient’s agent at the time of dispensing that the prescription drug is being provided without the practitioner’s authorization and that authorization of the practitioner is required for future refills; and
  4. When emergency conditions permit, the pharmacist notifies the practitioner that the refill occurred.”

Friday, September 8

Irma shifted west by 150 miles (!), meaning it’s got most of the state in its path.

Stay off the roads if you can. A lot of Florida evacuees are already jamming highways.

Prepare for possible power outages. The latest track puts most of the state, including Atlanta, in Irma’s path. (Atlanta could get 3-6 inches of rain.) Flashlights, radio, food, non-electronic entertainment — you know the drill.

Counties under a state of emergency

Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, and Ware.