boards of pharmacy adopted eight resolutions during the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) 104th Annual Meeting, held May 17-20, 2008, in Baltimore, MD. The resolutions addressed such timely issues as proposing national standards for “TALL MAN” lettering for look-alike drug names; encouraging state boards of pharmacy to uniformly register pharmacy interns and work with American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to establish a uniform date within the pharmacy curriculum to begin internship registration; convening a task force on uniform prescription labeling requirements; convening a task force to study the feasibility of standardized education and training requirements for the registration or licensure of pharmacy technicians; convening a task force to review medication collection and disposal programs; collaborating with interested stakeholders to develop statutory authority to establish a behind-the- counter class of drugs; and informing constituents, through NABP newsletter programs, of the critical nature of the issues surrounding abuse of medications by teens and the important role of the boards of pharmacy and pharmacists.
Next, Ms. Altsman mentioned that the USP Chapter 797 Standards for Sterile Compounding take effect on June 1, 2008. She noted that on Pharmacy Permit renewal forms this year there would be a box to check if sterile compounding is done at the location of the applicant. No motion was made regarding enforcement actions to be taken immediately.
She gave a brief description of the Preceptor Conference, which was held on Sunday afternoon, May 25, 2008. Sixty-six (66) first-time Preceptors attended along with ninety-seven (97) who were renewing.
Ms. Altsman mentioned that she is still trying to reach pharmacy technicians that did not respond to the continuing education audit. The deadline is June 24, 2008.
The Board approved an article for the Newsletter that was submitted by Mr. Larry Dixon of the Board of Medical Examiners dealing with
prescriptions written by physicians for members. The motion was offered seconded by MR DONNIE CALHOUN.
themselves and their close family by MS TAMMY ROGERS and The vote was ALL AYES.
A discussion began related to a delay in voting on the Institutional Automated Remote Pharmacy Services rule. Representatives from the Alabama Hospital Association led by Gregg Everett were joined by some hospital pharmacists in arguing for more time to prepare comments. Several motions were offered but none obtained a second, therefore the Board will continue to accept and consider comments.