Nursing facilities cannot force residents to buy medications from a specific pharmacy.
California Health & Safety Code ?1320 states that nursing facilities ?shall not require patients to purchase drugs, or rent or purchase medical supplies or equipment, from any particular pharmacy or other source.?
?1569.314 is the equivalent law for residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE?s).
What facilities can require is that residents and pharmacies comply with medication policies and procedures reasonably necessary for patient care or compliance with regulations.
If facilities persist in refusing medication purchases from outside pharmacies, call CANHR at (800) 474-1116, and file a complaint with your local Licensing office.