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Legal & Regulatory Buzz - October 2019

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FSHP Legal & Regulatory Buzz - October 2019

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October 2019 Legal & Regulatory Update

Automated dispensing cabinets (ADS)

Did you know ... Technology has arrived and automation now includes dispensing medications!  ADS are virtual kiosks that allow patients to get prescriptions on the go, allowing easier access to refills for non-controlled drugs. Already in nursing homes, prison systems, hospice ... The future is eminent - ADS coming to your setting! 
Embrace the future and learn more here:  

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USP delayed official effective dates of new and revised compounding standards

Due to pending appeals, USP new general chapter <800> (Hazardous Drugs Handling in Healthcare Settings) will remain official, but only informational and will not be applicable until the appeals process is complete. The AHA in November 2018 urged USP to delay the official dates of both USP <797> and <800> due to expedited implementation and compliance concerns.

64B16-27.797 The Standards of Practice for Compounding Sterile Products

Rule 64B16-27.4001 Direct Supervision of technicians

Now -

  • 3:1 tech: pharmacist ratio for sterile compounding
  • 6:1 tech: pharmacist ratio for general dispensing area
  • 8:1 tech: pharmacist ratio for non-dispensing area (eg. data-processing area)

Goal - proposed language stating that the licensed Pharmacy department manager rather than a non-pharmacy manager is to decide how many technicians should be supervised per pharmacist

Why - having an expert decide the ratio rather than a non-pharmacist will not over burden the supervising pharmacist and allow for realistic oversight of their techs, thereby providing optimal patient care and avoiding potential errors

Rule 64B16-27.4001 Standards of Practice - Drug Therapy Management

Goal - Delegable tasks that tech shall provide which require a pharmacists professional judgement to be removed

Why - ensure safe and effective dispensing and optimize patient care

Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA)

Goal - CPA legislation to expand what pharmacists currently do in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to other venues including ambulatory care clinics. American Medical Association supports CPA.

Why - Reduce administrative tasks for physicians, optimize patient drug therapy outcomes and save health care costs! Win-Win situation!

Join FSHP and learn how we are advocating for GREAT pharmacists jobs through CPA

64B16-27.830 Standards of Practice ‒ Drug Therapy Management

Political Action Committee (PAC)

Want job security? Then Donate to the PAC and keep us strong as a profession!

Now - Legislative sessions that address rules and regulations require open channels of communication to be heard. In order to enhance the scope for the practice of pharmacy we require back-up by Congress and Senate and the only way to get access to those representatives is to fund our PAC. Funding from each of us doesn’t haveto be a huge amount. The key health care-related committees in the House of Representatives are the Ways & Means, and Energy & Commerce Committees; and the Finance & Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (H.E.L.P.) Committees in the Senate.

You don’t have to be a member of FSHP to donate. Every dollar helps!

As of today, there are 76,443 active Licensed pharmacists and 41,000 pharmacy technicians. Donating doesn’t have to break the bank! In fact, if each registered pharmacist and registered pharmacy technician was to donate only $0.16 a day ($5.00 a month) imagine what we could raise? How easy would that be? We could be as strong as the AMA!

Why - PAC is the only means by which FSHP can provide financial support to help political candidates who understand and support our issues and share our vision of a team-based, patient-centered, quality-driven approach to health care delivery. 

How to make PAC Contributions

Our goal over the next quarter is to raise over $50K. You can donate to the PAC via this link:

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Karen Sando2019 FSHP Pharmacist of the Year award recipient

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