On October 1, 2020, the California State Board of Pharmacy amended Title 16, Cal. Code of Regulations, Section 1707.2. The section explains the requirements for providing patient consultations when medications are delivered or mailed. Pharmacies that deliver or mail must provide their patients with a written notice of the hours of availability for consultation and
Recently I was reviewing client’s compliance on sending advertisements via fax. Because the pharmacy industry is still extensively utilizing fax machines (and e-faxes), I decided to remind how to properly send promotional materials through fax.
First of all, a recent case prompted my compliance review. Last year, a doctor filed a legal action against a…
So far, the California State Board of Pharmacy has issued the following waivers relaxing some requirements due to the coronavirus outbreak:
- Sterile compounding renewal requirements for facilities located within a hospital
This waiver provides that a sterile compounding pharmacy whose license expires on or before May 1, 2020, may have its license renewed without…
Many prescribers’ offices are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving many pharmacies unable to obtain fill authorizations for patients.
Under California law, pharmacies may refill prescriptions without prescriber authorization if:
- the prescriber is unavailable to authorize the refill;
- in the pharmacist’s professional judgment, failure to refill the prescription might interrupt the patient’s ongoing
As always, the American Society for Pharmacy Law (“ASPL”) gathered pharmacy attorneys and pharmacists for an excellent three-day conference focusing on pharmacy legal issues. Some of the highlights of the conference:
Regulatory updates: Despite various state and federal attempts to lower drug prices, they continue to grow mostly due to high deductible plans, cost-sharing, increased…
Only a few exceptions exist to the rule that a pharmacist must dispense pursuant to a valid prescription. Such exceptions are: furnishing emergency contraceptives, hormonal contraceptives, and naloxone hydrochloride. Beginning next year, pharmacists in California also will be able to dispense HIV prevention drugs without prescriptions.
Senate Bill 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish a 30-day…
According to the most recent federal decision on the topic, state regulations of outsourcing facilities are not preempted by federal law. And therefore, facilities should comply with both.
The state-preemption challenge was brought by a federally-registered outsourcing facility against California on a ground that it denied its application under certain pharmacy-related regulations. Namely, a California…
More and more states are mandating e-prescribing. Some states require e-prescribing only for CII controlled substances, some for all controlled substances, and some require e-scripts for all medications.
States with current e-Rx mandate laws are:
- Connecticut (e-prescribing for controlled substances only, no penalties for non-compliance)
- Maine (e-prescribing for controlled substances only, penalties provided)
- Minnesota (all
Earlier this year, I posted an update that a uniquely serialized number attributable to a prescriber must appear on California prescription forms for controlled substances. The new requirement became effective on January 1, 2019. The Enforcement Committee, however, recommended to the California State Board of Pharmacy to allow for grandfathering time until June 1, 2019.…
Starting January 1, 2019, a new security feature must appear on California prescription forms for controlled substances. The legislature amended Health & Safety Code § 11162.1 by adding the 15th security feature: a uniquely serialized number attributable to a prescriber.
Most prescribers still use their old prescription forms, which do not have a serialized number.