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In Maryland, some chain pharmacies will soon begin stocking and dispensing the opioid overdose reversal medication, naloxone.Read More →
Young adults aged 18 to 22 are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers if they are not enrolled in college.Read More →
Physicians should be required to register with South Carolina’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) database, recommends Governor Nikki Haley’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council.Read More →
The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation recently launched a new educational campaign, “Think About It,” to combat prescription drug abuse, which contributes to 11,000 deaths per year in Georgia.Read More →
FDA Drug Info Rounds, a series of online videos, provides important and timely drug information to practicing clinical and community pharmacists so they can help patients make better decisions.Read More →
To address the problem of primary medication non-adherence (PMN), the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) has released a white paper describing a new metric for measuring rates of PMN by monitoring electronic prescriptions.Read More →
NABP invites you to nominate a colleague or board of pharmacy for a 2015 NABP award.Read More →
FDA is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use Sit and Slim II, Dermatend Original, and Dermatend Ultra because the drug products are unapproved and could cause harm.Read More →
The issue of “standing” is an important legal principle that provides persons or entities (collectively referred to as “person”) with an avenue to the judiciary to have a dispute resolved.Read More →
With one in 25 teens abusing over-the-counter (OTC) cough medications to get high, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association are promoting National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to increase awareness of the problem.Read More →
October is American Pharmacists Month, a time to recognize the significant contributions to health care and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists in all practice settings nationwide.Read More →
FDA has released the “Purple Book,” new documents listing biological products.Read More →
The California Legislature has passed a bill that would allow pharmacists to dispense the overdose reversal drug, naloxone, without a prescription.Read More →
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator is now available online, allowing consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications on Saturday, September 27, 2014.Read More →
In the latest Drug Info Rounds video, pharmacists discuss preparations patients may need to make to travel with medications.Read More →
NABP is seeking pharmacists and college/school of pharmacy faculty to volunteer as item writers for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination®, the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®), the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination®, the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment®, and the Pharmacist Assessment for Remediation EvaluationSM.Read More →
DEA is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Phoenix, AZ.Read More →
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Salt Lake City, UT.Read More →
Under revisions to the Kansas Pharmacy Practice Act, pharmacists may now collaborate with physicians to manage patients’ medication therapies.Read More →
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality granted the Nebraska Pharmacists Association more than $120,500 to continue the group’s medication disposal program.Read More →
Under a new agreement, the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) will administer the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) accreditation program.Read More →
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Denver, CO.Read More →
As cases of measles and mumps rise in Ohio, Governor John Kasich signed an emergency order that allows pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to patients age 18 or older.Read More →
With preventable adverse drug interactions contributing to more than 7,000 annual deaths in the United States, some emergency departments are employing pharmacists to review prescriptions before medications are administered to patients.Read More →
To raise awareness about the risks associated with false or misleading prescription medication marketing, FDA, in partnership with Medscape, is offering an online, one-hour continuing education course through its Bad Ad Program.Read More →
DEA is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Philadelphia, PA, in July.Read More →
Retailers and drug stores may no longer sell over-the-counter products containing dextromethorphan to minors without a prescription in Louisiana.Read More →
The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has issued an emergency rule to ban four additional types of compounds used to create synthetic drugs.Read More →
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) honored leaders in the protection of public health at the Association’s 110th Annual Meeting, held May 17-20, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ.Read More →
Each year the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) Executive Committee selects an individual to serve as its honorary president for the coming year. NABP is pleased to announce that Gay Dodson, RPh, has been awarded this honor for 2014.Read More →
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has revoked the license of Douglas A. Harris, the pharmacist-in-charge of Beaverdam pharmacy in Beaverdam, VA, after he was found to have illegally dispensed thousands of opioid dosage units.Read More →
To identify opportunities to better protect the public health by strengthening oversight of compounding practice and improving federal-state collaboration, an intergovernmental meeting was convened by Food and Drug Administration on March 20-21, 2014, in Silver Spring, MD.Read More →
As one of several planned changes to the certification program, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board has announced that certified pharmacy technicians are now required to complete one hour of continuing education in patient safety.Read More →
A California bill would permanently allow California pharmacists to sell syringes over the counter under certain conditions.Read More →
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is offering attendees the opportunity to earn up to 8.5 contact hours (0.85 CEUs) of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-accredited continuing pharmacy education credit at its 110th Annual Meeting.Read More →
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy has denied a petition for rulemaking that asked the Board to exercise its statutory authority under Iowa law to create a medical cannabis program.Read More →
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) 110th Annual Meeting, “A Partnership Reborn: Revitalized and Reunited – Boards of Pharmacy and NABP,” will provide attendees an opportunity to explore the culture and colorful deserts that make up America’s sunniest metropolis while participating in important NABP Business Sessions.Read More →
Best practice guidelines and the results of a working group study about how to make prescription information more accessible to those who are visually impaired are available on the website of the US Access Board.Read More →
DEA is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in St Louis, MO, with one on Saturday, April 5, 2014, and another on Sunday, April 6, 2014.Read More →
Drug Enforcement Administration is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Knoxville, TN.Read More →
On November 27, 2013, the Drug Quality and Security Act (Act) was signed into law. This law removes the unconstitutional provisions from Section 503A and adds a new Section 503B to the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act.Read More →
Serving as a convenient reference for individuals seeking an overview of the laws and regulations that govern pharmacy practice in 53 jurisdictions, the updated 2014 Survey of Pharmacy Law is now available.Read More →
Following the signing of the Drug Quality and Security Act on November 27, 2013, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided implementation information on Title I of the law – known as the Compounding Quality Act – through its Web site.Read More →
Three draft guidance documents related to the Drug Quality and Security Act have been made available on the FDA Web site for comment.Read More →
The Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) has deployed NABP PMP InterConnect®, bringing the total number of live participating state PMPs to 21.Read More →
A Pennsylvania bill that would create a new prescription monitoring program to include Schedule II through V CS has passed the state’s House of Representatives.Read More →
The Tri-Regulator Leadership Collaborative met recently to review, discuss issues of mutual concern and set an agenda of work in the ongoing collaboration between the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).Read More →
Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a new law that requires sterile compounding pharmacies to obtain additional licensure from the California State Board of Pharmacy before compounding or dispensing sterile drug products, or before shipping these products into the state.Read More →
DEA is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Louisville, KY.Read More →
American Pharmacists Month, observed throughout the month of October, recognizes the significant contributions to health care and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists in all practice settings nationwide.Read More →
Recognizing that pharmacists are sometimes presented with prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances that are missing information required by law, Drug Enforcement Administration provides guidance for pharmacists regarding allowed changes or additions to such prescriptions.Read More →
NABP invites you to nominate a colleague or board of pharmacy for a 2014 NABP award.Read More →
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) recently amended the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Model Act) in its effort to assist the boards of pharmacy as they work to protect the public health.Read More →
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) will introduce an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) on November 1, 2013.Read More →
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) in Louisville, KY.Read More →
Medi-Son Solutions of Norwood, MA, and its sister company, CarePro, in Quincy, MA, have been closed at the order of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.Read More →
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) have announced the creation of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) in Boston, MA.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) recently issued a report emphasizing the deceptive practices that illegal online drug sellers use to make consumers believe that they are legitimate, safe, and trustworthy.
Legislation intended to help ensure the safety of drugs compounded in Massachusetts is being considered by the state’s House of Representatives.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDACs) in both southern and northern California.
A new law in Maine will allow residents to import prescription drugs for personal use from mail order pharmacies located in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
DEA is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) in Baton Rouge, LA.
The Wisconsin prescription monitoring program (PMP) recently executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to participate in NABP PMP InterConnectx®, joining 24 other state PMPs who have agreed to participate.
The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has implemented a new rule that will effectively enable the Board to act more quickly when a potential safety issue at a facility engaged in compounding is detected.
Effective July 1, 2013, Indiana pharmacists will be authorized to administer additional immunizations under a protocol approved by a physician.
For 20 years, FDA’s MedWatch program has supported medication safety efforts by providing a means for health care providers and consumers to report safety information regarding FDA-regulated products.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDACs) in Portland, OR.
Many legislatures have enacted so called “social legislation” intended to empower regulatory boards to impose administrative sanctions against licensees for certain delineated activities.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert warning against the use of sterile products compounded and dispensed by Main Street Family Pharmacy, LLC, of Newbern, TN.
United States Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) filed an updated version (PDF) of the Verifying Authority and Legality in Drug (VALID) Compounding Act of 2013 on May, 23, 2013.
Pharmacists in Pennsylvania would be granted authority to vaccinate patients above the age of seven with a parent’s consent under two bills being considered by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Under a contract with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and the state’s Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, NABP will assist the Division with inspections of New Jersey pharmacies engaged in the practice of compounding.
Delegates to the NABP 109th Annual Meeting elected individuals to fill the president-elect, treasurer, and open member positions on the Association’s 2013-2014 Executive Committee.
NABP honored leaders in the protection of public health at the 109th Annual Meeting.
The Missouri Board of Pharmacy will be allowed to test drugs in pharmacy inventories under a new law.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) in the Chicago, IL, area, one on Saturday, June 22, 2013, and another on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) honored leaders in the protection of public health at the Association’s 109th Annual Meeting, held May 18-21, 2013, in St Louis, MO.Read More →
Delegates from the member boards of pharmacy adopted eight resolutions during the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) 109th Annual Meeting, held May 18-21, 2013, in St Louis, MO.
Each year the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) Executive Committee selects an individual to serve as its honorary president for the coming year.
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <17> Prescription Container Labeling, published in the USP 36–NF 31, became an official standard on May 1, 2013.
A bill to strengthen the regulation of compounding pharmacies in Maine was introduced to the state’s legislature.
In Florida, a bill that would increase the number of pharmacy technicians that a pharmacist may supervise has passed the state’s House of Representatives.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is offering attendees the opportunity to earn up to nine contact hours (0.9 CEUs) of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-accredited continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit at its 109th Annual Meeting.
DEA is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) in Detroit, MI, one on Saturday, May 4, 2013, and another on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Through board of pharmacy inspections of compounding pharmacies and proposed laws to tighten requirements for compounding, states are taking action to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs.
NABP member boards of pharmacy are moving swiftly to implement the Compounding Action Plan initiated by state boards of pharmacy and NABP in November 2012.
Set in St Louis, MO, the geographic hub of the United States, this year’s National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®(NABP®) 109th Annual Meeting, “Gateway to Shared Responsibility and Success,” will provide attendees an opportunity to explore the “Gateway to the West.”Read More →
Pharmacies compounding sterile drug products for dispensing to patients in California would be required to obtain a license to engage in that practice under a bill introduced to the state’s senate on February 19, 2013.
A Georgia bill (PDF) requiring pain management clinics to be physician-owned and licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board has passed in the state’s House of Representatives.
Stricter inspection requirements for nonresident compounding pharmacies and a clarification that distinguishes compounding from manufacturing are among the statutory changes included in House Bill 2312 currently being considered by the Virginia Legislature.
Aimed to protect public health, a bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature would bring pharmacy benefit managers under the regulation of the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering two regional one-day Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conferences in Albuquerque, NM.
With the multistate meningitis outbreak linked to unsafe compounding practices at the New England Compounding Center, multiple stakeholders, including NABP, are seeking to clarify the law and put in place new systems.
The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has convened a task force to review the state’s regulations pertaining to compounding and determine how regulations might be strengthened to further protect the public health.
In the wake of the meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated drugs compounded by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), the Texas State Board of Pharmacy conducted a special survey.
The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, which already has strong compounding regulations and requirements in place, is in the process of considering additional requirements, some of which will require the passage of new legislation.
The California State Board of Pharmacy will sponsor a bill that would allow inspectors to make unannounced on-site inspections of certain nonresident pharmacies.
The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy and LegitScript took actions to prevent rogue Internet drug outlets from distributing products.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy is considering eight potential solutions for improving the state’s regulation of pharmacy compounding. The solutions are part of the Board’s efforts to streamline compounding rules and improve patient safety.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has sent cease and desist orders to three compounding pharmacies for drug preparation and storage problems that were discovered during surprise inspections. The Boston Globe reports that the issues found at the facilities –...Read More →
The Colorado Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program has executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NABP to participate in the NABP PMP InterConnect®, the system that facilitates the secure sharing of data between state prescription monitoring programs (PMPs), a key...Read More →
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy has approved emergency regulations to enhance oversight of compounding pharmacies. The emergency regulations (PDF) will allow the state to track volume and distribution at compounding pharmacies in order to determine if a pharmacy...Read More →
The New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy is providing a directive to assist pharmacists in New Jersey as they face unique needs while serving patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Board advises pharmacists to use their expertise and...Read More →