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JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

2017 LICENSE/REGISTRATION/PERMIT RENEWAL - GRACE PERIOD JANUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 1

THE REGULAR 2017 RENEWAL PERIOD BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 1 AND ENDED ON DECEMBER 31. THE GRACE PERIOD BEGAN ON JANUARY 1 AND RUNS THROUGH MARCH 1, 2017. DURING THIS PERIOD, THERE IS NO PENALTY TO RENEW. All pharmacists, technicians, dispensing physicians, PA/NPs, DME and pharmacy permit holders may renew now. Please follow this link for log in details and FAQs regarding the renewal process: http://www.ncbop.org/2017renewals.html.

 


 

The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy's monthly meetings are live-streamed via YouTube. Follow the link below to subscribe to the Board's YouTube channel. (Meeting dates found here.)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Kgn3mOzRT8s0FJwsu8U0g

 


 

NEW CE OPPORTUNITIES: PHARMACISTS & TECHNICIANS, Remember to check our CE page often for upcoming CE programs in your area. (LAST UPDATED JANUARY 11, 2017.)

 


 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

BOARD PROPOSES RULE AMENDMENT TO ALIGN BOARD OF PHARMACY MEMBER ELECTIONS WITH THE ANNUAL PHARMACIST LICENSE RENEWAL PERIOD.  Today, the Board of Pharmacy published proposed amendments to its rules governing Board member elections.  The proposal would shift the member election period to coincide with the pharmacist license renewal period.  Pharmacist participation in Board member elections is poor.  When the Board amended election rules in 2009 to allow for electronic voting, the number of pharmacist voters began to rise.  Even so, the increase was not dramatic and peaked in the spring 2011 election when 3,347 pharmacists cast ballots (out of 10,321 eligible to vote, or 32.4%).  The spring 2016 primary election saw just 1,941 ballots cast (out of 11,570 eligible to vote, or 16.8%), the lowest total since at least 1987 and perhaps the lowest percentage of eligible voters in the history of Board elections. 

Multiple factors likely contribute to poor pharmacist voter turnout in Board elections.  That said, the Board believes (and is hopeful) that linking the voting period to the annual license renewal period will improve pharmacist voter participation.  Every pharmacist in the state must log on to the Board’s website to complete annual renewal of license.  Providing pharmacists with a specific reminder of an ongoing Board member election – and a pop-up link to the electronic voting tool – as part of the electronic renewal would remove any possible convenience barrier to exercising the franchise.

The proposed amendments do not change the composition of the Board, the terms of Board members, eligibility for Board membership, or any other aspect of Board elections other than timing.

 


 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD (FEBRUARY 21, 2017) ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO RULE 21 NCAC 46 .1505 – EXAMINATION.  The Board has proposed the amendment of its licensing examination rule in order to adopt the examination administrator’s maximum recommended number of attempts to pass the examination.  In addition, the Board has proposed clarifications of the existing rule provisions.

A public hearing will be held on February 21, 2017 at 9:00am at the NC Board of Pharmacy office, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC  27517.

Any person may object to the proposed amendment by attending the public hearing on February 21, 2017 and/or by submitting a written objection by 9:00am on February 21, 2017 to Jay Campbell, Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, fax (919) 246-1056, e-mail jcampbell@ncbop.org. The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy is interested in all comments pertaining to the proposed rule. All persons interested and potentially affected by the proposal are strongly encouraged to read this entire notice and make comments on the proposed rule.

If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). The Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule. The Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 919-431-3000.

• NOTICE OF TEXT/PUBLIC HEARING: Click Here

• PROPOSED RULE/AMENDMENT LANGUAGE:  Click Here


 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD (FEBRUARY 21, 2017) ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO RULES 21 NCAC 46 .2102, .2104, .2105, .2107, and .2108  – ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE, COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS,  NOMINATION BY PETITION, BALLOTS:  CASTING AND COUNTING, DETERMINATION OF ELECTION RESULTS.  The Board has proposed the amendment of several of its Board member election rules in order to shift the voting period to coincide with the pharmacist licensing renewal period.  The Board proposed to provide an opportunity for pharmacists to vote by electronic ballot at the same time that they perform their on-line license renewal.  The Board believes that aligning voting with license renewal is likely to increase pharmacist participation in voting.  The Board further proposed to eliminate the option for voting by paper ballots, as no pharmacist has voted by paper ballot since 2011, and elimination of this option will conserve Board resources by allowing it to cease production of paper ballots.  The Board further proposes to amend the rules to codify run-off procedures, as run-offs have often become necessary.

A public hearing will be held on February 21, 2017 at 9:00am at the NC Board of Pharmacy office, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC  27517.

Any person may object to the proposed amendment by attending the public hearing on February 21, 2017 and/or by submitting a written objection by 9:00am on February 21, 2017 to Jay Campbell, Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, fax (919) 246-1056, e-mail jcampbell@ncbop.org. The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy is interested in all comments pertaining to the proposed rule. All persons interested and potentially affected by the proposal are strongly encouraged to read this entire notice and make comments on the proposed rule.

If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). The Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule. The Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 919-431-3000.

• NOTICE OF TEXT/PUBLIC HEARING:  Click Here

• PROPOSED RULE/AMENDMENT LANGUAGE: 1) 21 NCAC 46 .2102 2) 21 NCAC 46 .2104

3) 21 NCAC 46 .2105 4) 21 NCAC 46 .2107 5) 21 NCAC 46 .2108

 


 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016

PROPER IDENTIFICATION OF COMPOUNDING RISK LEVELS AND NOTIFICATION TO THE BOARD OF
PHARMACY. Pharmacies that hold a permit from the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and that engage in any type of compounding are required to notify the Board. Such pharmacies must report (both on an initial permit application and as part of each annual renewal): (1) whether they compound; (2) a good-faith estimate of the percentage of the pharmacy’s dispensing that involves compounded products; (3) whether the pharmacy engages in non-sterile compounding; (4) whether the pharmacy engages in sterile compounding; and (5) what risk level of sterile compounding, as defined by USP <797>, the pharmacy performs. Accurate reporting of this information is crucial for at least two reasons: First, failure to provide accurate information in connection with seeking or renewing a permit is grounds to revoke or void a pharmacy permit. N.C.G.S. § 90-85.38. Second, the Board’s risk-based inspection intervals are driven by the scope and type of service provided at a pharmacy, particularly compounding services.

Please note:  The estimate of the percentage of the pharmacy’s dispensing that involves compounded products does not  affect a pharmacy’s inspection interval.  That interval is determined by the type of compounding services provided, not the volume of compounding services provided. Board staff published a guidance document intended to reduce any confusion about this reporting requirement: http://www.ncbop.org/PDF/CompoundingRiskLevelsandCategoriesMar2015.pdf.

Pharmacists are also reminded that the Board Rule. 2801 requires any pharmacy that provides compounding services to maintain a reference library that includes current USP Standards for compounding and that the Pharmacist-Manager or Pharmacist-Manager’s designee pharmacist be knowledgeable in all compounding functions, including USP categories of compounding.

 


 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD (FEBRUARY 21, 2017) ON PROPOSED ADOPTION OF RULE 21 NCAC 46 .1615 -- e-PROFILE NUMBER REQUIRED FOR LICENSE, PERMIT, OR REGISTRATION.  The Board has proposed the adoption of this rule in order to more efficiently and accurately fulfill its statutory function of reviewing applications for issuance and renewal of licenses, permits and registrations.

A public hearing will be held on February 21, 2017 at 9:00am at the NC Board of Pharmacy office, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC  27517.

Any person may object to the proposed amendment by attending the public hearing on January 17, 2017 and/or by submitting a written objection by 9:00am on February 21, 2017 to Jay Campbell, Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, fax (919) 246-1056, e-mail jcampbell@ncbop.org. The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy is interested in all comments pertaining to the proposed rule. All persons interested and potentially affected by the proposal are strongly encouraged to read this entire notice and make comments on the proposed rule.

If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). The Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule. The Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 919-431-3000.

NOTICE OF TEXT/PUBLIC HEARING:
http://www.ncbop.org/LawsRules/1615NoticeOfTexteProfileFeb2017Hearing.pdf

PROPOSED RULE/AMENDMENT LANGUAGE:
21 NCAC 46 .1615: http://www.ncbop.org/LawsRules/1615ProposedRuleeProfileFeb2017.pdf

 


 

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