Members present: President Jeff Nielsen, Arlene Ham-Burr, and Steve Statz. Excused absent: Marla Hayes and Arvid Liebe.
Staff present: Executive Secretary Ron Huether; Inspectors Earl McKinstry and Randy Jones, Senior Secretary Rene Hixon.
Others present: Sue Schaefer, Executive Director, SD Pharmacists Association, Pierre; Dana Darger and Jan Opperman, Rapid City Regional Hospital; Brandi Tackett and Marcia Taylor, Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House; Wendy Jensen Bender, SDSU College of Pharmacy, Rapid City; John Kappes, SDSU College of Pharmacy, Rapid City.
The meeting was called to order by President Nielsen at 9:00 a.m.
The meeting agenda was approved by the board members.
Steve Statz moved to approve the minutes of the August 6, 2009, board meeting. Motion seconded by Ham-Burr. The minutes were posted on the Board of Pharmacy website after preliminary electronic approval of the board members. Motion approved.
The Board financial reports were reviewed and approved.
The Inspector’s Activity Reports were reviewed. Jones reported seeing an increase in ephedrine sales at truck stops and convenience stores. Consumer Product Safety Commission safety cap Inspections have recently been completed. McKinstry reported that he has been placing emphasis on compliance visits to non-prescription drug outlets.
The Statistical Report of licensing activities was reviewed and discussed. As of October 1 about 65 pharmacists (of 1660) have not renewed. The first telepharmacy (Eagle Butte) will be opening in October. There was discussion on the nonresident pharmacy application approval process.
SD Pharmacists Association – Sue Schaefer reported on SDPhA activities and the fall district meetings. Resolutions relating to grassroots advocacy, DME-POS exemption, and prescription take-back programs were passed at the 2009 convention.
SDSU College of Pharmacy – Wendy Jensen Bender and John Kappes provided the College of Pharmacy report. The West River faculty is expanding to provide more opportunities for the P4 students to complete their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. A new student center will be built for faculty and students in the area.
SD Society of Health System Pharmacists – President-elect Jan Opperman reported that the annual meeting will be held in Rapid City April 9-10, 2010.
SD Association of Pharmacy Technicians – Ann Oberg, President, provided a written report of activities. Our staff will provide an educational presentation on pharmacy law at the SDAPT fall conference on October 10th in Sioux Falls.
Approvals: Huether reported on approval requests:
Return and Credit of United Dose Packaged Medications –
Martin Drug & Mercantile – Kirk Wilson.
Construction/Renovation – Sanford Oncology, Sioux Falls
Avera McKennan Oncology, Sioux Falls
The Remedy Shoppe, Presho
Target, Sioux Falls (east)
Wal-Mart, Sioux Falls (east)
Investigations: Our staff is cooperating with the DEA in conducting an investigation related to controlled substances accountability at Family Drug, Sioux Falls.
Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE): Staff continues to work with NABP on the transition to the MPJE. We expect to have our reciprocity candidates start using this exam early in 2010.
Rules Updates: A rules hearing will be held after the regular board meeting to approve new rules for Sterile Compounding Practices. After the Board approves the rules, they will be presented at an Interim Rules Review Committee meeting later in the year for final approval.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Huether gave a report on the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program National Meeting held recently in Washington, D.C. He attended along with four others from South Dakota representing the Boards of Nursing and Medicine, the Medical Association and the Office of the Attorney General. This program is an essential part of efforts to monitor the increasing national crisis of over use and diversion of controlled substances. Over 30 states have active programs. Healthcare providers (doctors and pharmacists) use the information to assist in making good decisions while serving patients. Information may be provided to law enforcement if necessary during diversion investigations. Legislation to move ahead with a program in South Dakota will need support of all state agencies.
Agreement with SDSU College of Pharmacy – Huether presented and explained the Access to Student Information Agreement between the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy and the SDSU College of Pharmacy. This information will be available to the Board for the purpose of verifying intern hours and will reduce redundant paperwork. Statz moved to accept the agreement at a rate of $1000 per month. Motion was seconded by Ham-Burr. Roll call vote: Statz, yes; Ham-Burr, yes; Nielsen, yes. Motion carried.
Resolution: Ham-Burr made a motion, seconded by Statz, that the Board of Pharmacy pass a resolution to support Earl McKinstry as a candidate for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The board members indicated that it is a privilege to have McKinstry being considered for this honor in a national position. The motion was approved by unanimous vote.
Upcoming Meetings: The next meeting will be held December 11, 2009, in Sioux Falls. The group discussed meeting dates for 2010. We will set those at the next meeting.
Nielsen adjourned the meeting at 11:50 a.m.