(225 ILCS 85/15.1)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
Pharmacy working conditions.
(a) A pharmacy licensed under this Act shall not require a pharmacist, student pharmacist, or pharmacy technician to work longer than 12 continuous hours per day, inclusive of the breaks required under subsection (b).
(b) A pharmacist who works 6 continuous hours or longer per day shall be allowed to take, at a minimum, one 30-minute uninterrupted meal break and one 15-minute break during that 6-hour period. If such pharmacist is required to work 12 continuous hours per day, at a minimum, he or she qualifies for an additional 15-minute break. A pharmacist who is entitled to take such breaks shall not be required to work more than 5 continuous hours, excluding a 15-minute break, before being given the opportunity to take a 30-minute uninterrupted meal break. If the pharmacy has a private break room available, or if there is a private break room in the establishment or business in which the pharmacy is located, a pharmacist who is entitled to breaks must be given access to that private break room and allowed to spend his or her break time in that room.
(c) A pharmacy may, but is not required to, close when a pharmacist is allowed to take a break under subsection (b). If the pharmacy does not close, the pharmacist shall either remain within the licensed pharmacy or within the establishment in which the licensed pharmacy is located in order to be available for emergencies. In addition, the following applies:
(1) pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, and
other supportive staff authorized by the pharmacist on duty may continue to perform duties as allowed under this Act;
(2) no duties reserved to pharmacists and student
pharmacists under this Act, or that require the professional judgment of a pharmacist, may be performed by pharmacy technicians or other supportive staff; and
(3) only prescriptions that have received final
verification by a pharmacist may be dispensed while the pharmacist is on break, except those prescriptions that require counseling by a pharmacist, including all new prescriptions and those refill prescriptions for which a pharmacist has determined that counseling is necessary, may be dispensed only if the following conditions are met:
(i) the patient or other individual who is
picking up the prescription on behalf of the patient is told that the pharmacist is on a break and is offered the chance to wait until the pharmacist returns from break in order to receive counseling;
(ii) if the patient or other individual who is
picking up the prescription on behalf of the patient declines to wait, a telephone number at which the patient or other individual who is picking up the prescription on behalf of the patient can be reached is obtained;
(iii) after returning from the break, the
pharmacist makes a reasonable effort to contact the patient or other individual who is picking up the prescription on behalf of the patient and provide counseling; and
(iv) the pharmacist documents the counseling that
was provided or documents why counseling was not provided after a minimum of 2 attempts, including a description of the efforts made to contact the patient or other individual who is picking up the prescription on behalf of the patient; the documentation shall be retained by the pharmacy and made available for inspection by the Board or its authorized representatives for at least 2 years.
(d) In a pharmacy staffed by 2 or more pharmacists, the pharmacists shall stagger breaks so that at least one pharmacist remains on duty during all times that the pharmacy remains open for the transaction of business.
(e) A pharmacy shall keep and maintain a complete and accurate record showing its pharmacists' daily break periods.
(f) Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply when an emergency, as deemed by the professional judgment of the pharmacist, necessitates that a pharmacist, student pharmacist, or pharmacy technician work longer than 12 continuous hours, work without taking required meal breaks, or have a break interrupted in order to minimize immediate health risks for patients.
(Source: P.A. 101-621, eff. 1-1-20