North Carolina Board of Pharmacy

Rulemakings In Progress

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD -- JANUARY 4, 2023 -- ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED ACTIONS:

REPEAL OF 21 NCAC 46 .1819 COVID-19 DRUG PRESERVATION RULE

Reason for Proposed Action:

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services and the State Health Director proposed that the Boards of Pharmacy and Nursing and the Medical Board adopt a COVID-19 Drug Preservation Rule. At that time, there were many drugs with a suspected potential to treat COVID-19. The rule was drafted to ensure that a supply of those drugs also remained available for patients who were prescribed those drugs for other conditions. On August 15, 2022, the declared state of emergency ended in North Carolina. With that change, the North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services and the State Health Director have agreed that there is no current need for this rule. The Board of Pharmacy understands that the Medical Board and the Board of Nursing are considering repealing their analogous rules.

A public hearing will be held on January 4, 2023 at 10:00am at the NC Board of Pharmacy, 6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Any person may object to the proposed adoption by attending the public hearing on January 4, 2023 and/or by submitting a written objection by January 4, 2023 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 ncboprulemaking@ncbop.org.

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 email. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 984-236-1850.