So far, the California State Board of Pharmacy has issued the following waivers relaxing some requirements due to the coronavirus outbreak:

  1. 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.

Walmart and RB Health started offering free access to Doctor-on-Demand to some of its customers. In a recent announcement, the parties emphasized their commitment to provide unprecedented access to low-cost high-quality healthcare. Customers who purchase Mucinex®, Delsym®, Airborne® or Digestive Advantage® at Walmart stores now receive a voucher for a no-cost telehealth medical consultation