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Governor Declares State of Emergency

Monday, June 06, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Michael Jackson, BPharm
Executive Vice President,
CEO and Editor

June 6, 2016

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Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency

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Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency
(A Message to All Pharmacy Stakeholders from FPA)

Governor Rick Scott today issued Executive Order Number 16-136 related to Tropical Storm Colin.  The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for the areas surrounding the Gulf Coast from Indian Pass, Florida to Englewood and on the Atlantic Coast from Altamaha Sound, Georgia to the Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

The Governor has included the following counties in his executive order: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Swannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia and Wakulla.

Under an executive order issued by the Governor, Florida Statutes 465.0275 allow pharmacists to dispense up to a 30 day emergency prescription refill of maintenance medication to persons who reside in an area or county covered by the executive order (see the list of counties above).  This also extends to emergency personnel who have been activated by their state and local agency but who do not reside in an area or county that is covered by the order.

This order expands the amount of refill medications that a pharmacist can dispense beyond the allowed 72 hour supply under the following conditions:

  1. The prescription is not for a medicinal drug listed in Schedule II appearing in chapter 893.
  2. The medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy in a chronic condition.
  3. In the pharmacist’s professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might reasonably produce undesirable health consequences or may cause physical or mental discomfort.
  4. The dispensing pharmacist creates a written order containing all of the prescription information required by this chapter and chapters 499 and 893 and signs that order.
  5. The dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after such dispensing.

The order is set to expire in 60 days which means at the end of the order the additional authority granted to pharmacists to assist patients with emergency refills will revert back to a limited 72 hour supply unless the governor extends the order.

To view the executive order enter here.
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