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Immunization Bill Signed, BOP Looks at Pain Med Access, Dan Buffingtin Elected and more

Wednesday, June 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Michael Jackson, BPharm
Executive Vice President,
CEO and Editor

June 10, 201

In This Issue

Governor Signs Florida Immunization Bill

Board of Pharmacy Committee Looks at Pain Medication Access

Daniel E. Buffington Elected to APhA Trustee Board (from APhA)

ARNP Prescribing Bill Advances

125th Annual Meeting and Convention Set to Launch

Future FPA Programs and Conferences

125th Annual Meeting and Convention
June 24 - 28, 2015
Renaissance Resort at
World Golf Village
500 South Legacy Trail
St Augustine  Florida  32092

32nd Annual Southeastern Gatherin
August 2-5, 2015
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W
Destin, Florida 32550

FPA Law and Regulatory Conference
September 12-13, 2015
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six
2301 SE 17th Street Causeway
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316

FPA Midyear Clinical Conference
FPA Nuclear Conference
October 17-18, 2015
Embassy Suites
Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, Florida 34746

FPA Law and Regulatory Conference
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Blvd of the Arts
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Governor Signs Florida Immunization Bill

Governor Rick Scott today signed into law HB279 which expands the types of vaccines that a pharmacist can administer.  This bill scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015 would:

  • Revise the list of vaccines that a pharmacist could administer by adding all immunizations or vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for adults published as of February 1, 2015.
  • Allow registered interns under the supervision of a certified immunizing pharmacist to administer immunizations or vaccines recommended by the CDC to adults
  • Permit pharmacists and interns to administer immunizations or vaccines recommended by the CDC for international travel starting July 1, 2015. The Board of Pharmacy has been given rulemaking authority to revise the list of international travel vaccines when recommended by the CDC.
  • Allow for additional immunizations or vaccines approved by the Board of Pharmacy in response to a state of emergency declared by the Governor as described in Florida Statutes 252.36.
  • Limit the number of interns administering immunizations or vaccines that a pharmacist could supervise to one.
  • Requires registered pharmacy interns to complete the 20 hour initial certification training program approved by the Board of Pharmacy prior to immunizing patients.

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the vaccines that is on the CDC’s list for travel vaccines is for the prevention of yellow fever. Members may need to be aware that if considering the administration of travel related vaccines that you may have to receive a designation from the Florida Department of Health. There is a questionnaire for yellow fever immunizing practitioners available from the Department of Health Disease Control Bureau of Epidemiology.  Also some rule revision may be necessary by the Board of Pharmacy.

Board of Pharmacy Committee
Looks at Pain Medication Access

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Orlando, the Control Substance Standards Committee of the Florida Board of Pharmacy met to hear testimony from consumers who have been unable to get their pain medication prescriptions filled.  The committee also heard comments from pharmacists and physicians struggling with this issue as well.  Numerous stories were shared where patients had to go to multiple pharmacies in order to find one willing or able to fill their prescriptions.  There was also a statement provided by Gary Cacciatore representing Cardinal Health.  Board members serving on the Committee include Gavin Meshad, Michele Weizer, Jeffrey Mesaros, Jeenu Philip and Winfred Adams.  Committee members also included representatives from the Florida Medical Association, Florida Society for Interventional Pain Physicians, Walgreens, CVS, Florida Pharmacy Association and the Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. 

After testimony from the public the committee took time to discuss the issue and share ideas.  FPA’s Michael Jackson suggested that a solution would not come from just one meeting and that there may need to be further discussion.  Jackson reminded the committee that our state had issues during the mid 2000’s with the overuse of pain medications that resulted in the development of policies and enforcement action by state and federal agencies.  In correcting those problems we are now experiencing some access problems and have to find a way to achieve balance to help legitimate patients get their medications while at the same time prevent drug abuse and illegal trafficking.  Suggestions that the committee may want to examine include interdisciplinary education and training for physician and pharmacist providers, a review and clarification of corresponding responsibility of the pharmacist and addressing the fear when managing patients being treated for pain.  It was also suggested that there be a review of supply as well as what rule changes could help alleviate the problem.  Board members participating on the committee recommended to the full Board of Pharmacy that Rule 64B16-27.831 be opened for revision.  This rule entitled “Standards of Practice for the Dispensing of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain” includes the kinds of things that a pharmacist could consider when questioning whether a prescription is issued for a legitimate medical purpose.  This committee plans to meet again in August at the next Board of Pharmacy meeting.

Daniel E. Buffington Elected to APhA
Trustee Board (from APhA)

The American Pharmacists Association announced today that Tampa pharmacist Dan Buffington has been elected to serve a three-year term on their Board of Trustees beginning in March of 2016.  Dan is President and Founder of Clinical Pharmacology Services, an ambulatory care practice. He is on faculty with the University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and serves as a Fellow with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), focusing on initiatives related to medication safety and medication therapy management. He currently serves on the APhA Board of Trustees and the Florida Pharmacy Foundation’s board, and he previously served as President of both the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) and the American Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Congratulations Dan!

ARNP Prescribing Bill Advances

HB27-A was heard in today’s House Health and Human Services Committee today and found favorable on a 15 to 2 vote.  The committee is meeting during the special session here in Tallahassee.  The bill if approved by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Scott would give controlled substance prescribing authority to advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants under certain circumstances.  Forty-nine states authorize ARNPs to prescribe controlled substances and 18 of those states authorize an ARNP to prescribe controlled substances to a patient without physician supervision.  There is no Senate companion bill at the moment.

125th Annual Meeting and Convention
Set to Launch

The 125th Annual FPA Meeting and Convention is right around the corner.  Members will have access to a variety of stimulating activities including a golf outing, 5K Run, receptions, game shows, poster presentations and a comprehensive exhibit hall.  A special gift will be provided to all paid registrants of this event.  We will be welcoming Jacksonville’s award winning band, KTG Entertainment to get you up and moving at the awards banquet.  Also we are looking forward to Congressman Buddy Carter and several state legislators who are planning to be with us during the annual meeting.  We will also be introducing to you “Pharmacist Nation” at the 125th.  Preregistration has closed however you may be able to register on site.  Don’t miss this fantastic event for pharmacists, pharmacy owners, pharmacy technicians and students.

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