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Florida Board of Pharmacy Highlights - August 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Florida Board of Pharmacy Highlights - August 2019

The FSHP Board of Pharmacy update is below. Lots going on and you will not want to miss out!

Also, please visit to see how automation is disrupting our profession.

Regarding Legislation…We have a new Political Action Committee (PAC) request. We need to raise $40,000 PAC donations by April 2020. The PAC monies you give help us open that door to have discussions surrounding Collaborative Practice and automation with the legislators.

Please donate!

Every $1 helps. If every pharmacist gave $20/month we would have over 7 million dollars a year!


USP 797/800

  • Florida Board of Pharmacy inspectors will not penalize a health system for compliance with the new USP 797 standards that will become effective December 1, 2019 versus using the current Board of Pharmacy Rule 64B16-27.797 which reflects the USP 797 version that was in effect in 2013 when this rule was implemented.

  • The Board will be working on updating 64B16-27.797 as well as implementing rules regarding USP 800 for Florida pharmacy permits during 2020 but realize that Joint Commission will be requiring compliance to the new USP 797 standards when it becomes official on December 1, 2019.


 Florida House Bill 19: International Prescription Drug Importation Program

  • An International Export Application is currently under development. Any pharmacy importing drugs through this program must have policies and procedures established. The application process will only include a paper application (no electronic options) and no application fee will be assessed (vetoed by the governor).

  • Questions in regards to Florida HB 19:

    • Q: Can medication imported through this program be delivered directly to the patient?   
      A: No

    • Q: Who is responsible for conducting the inspection of the imported medication under the program?   
      A: The inspection would be done by the jurisdiction of the pharmacy receiving the medication

    • Drugs that are exported to Florida cannot be sold to another state, the drugs must reside in the state of Florida.


 Human Trafficking CE

  • This module is one hour and only required to be completed one time only by January 2021. This hour will count towards the 30 hours needed for license renewal.

Pharmacy Automation

  • The Board of Pharmacy will be revitalizing the Automation Committee to evaluate rules related to pharmacy automation.  The committee will analyze what other states have implemented in regards to automation for reporting at the December meeting.

Temperature Committee Highlights

 For pharmacies engaged in delivery of medications, the temperature committee discussed the necessity of patient reported temperature deviations. After discussion they were able to arrive at the following conclusions:

  • There must be a policy and procedure focused on delivery of drugs so as to keep them at the correct temperature during transportation.

  • Patients should have clear instructions on how to report temperature deviations when they receive drugs.

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