Good information. I would agree with the last post. I would also note however that in my experience we have often gone to Occupancy Separation and B Occ for a Pharmacy, particularly larger facilities, and thus have greater flexibility with layout and flow than in an I-2 condition which has much greater restrictions on travel distance, suite requirements, and egress through multiple rooms, etc. It's a trade off with respect to a 2-HR perimeter, but mostly a matter of what is the best fit project to project.
I've not seen JCAHO or CMS dictate 2-HR separation at for simple Pharmacy sake.
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The occupancy of the space must be well described within the facility.
Is it a Pharmacy, where the general public at large could queue, shop and purchase medications or other products?
Is the Pharmacy an area or space where persons using are capable of self-preservation in emergency conditions?
Are any medical treatments or examinations being conducted in the space?
Would the space, on its own merit, require OSHPD or state licensing to operate?
If so, it may likely be a B Occupancy – even under JACHO and CMS.
Or, is the space or area one of the many types of medication handling spaces within the hospital (including pharmacies) primarily used by staff and clinicians for and in spaces providing patient care (i.e.: ICU)?
In the case of retail pharmacies, the OSHPD CAN will most likely also require minimum fire protections to assurance containment without exception as a part of the hospital function and design.
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