South Dakota Board of Pharmacy
Friday, September 16, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.
Sturgis Regional Hospital
Members present: President Arvid Liebe, Arlene Ham-Burr, and Lisa Rave.
Excused: Jeff Nielsen and Marla Hayes
Staff present: Executive Director Randy Jones, PDMP Director Ron Huether, Inspectors Earl McKinstry and Gary Karel, Senior Secretary Jill Vanderbush.
Others present: Sue Schafer, Executive Director, Leonard Petrick, President, Else Umbreit, President Elect, Shannon Gutzmer, Vice President, Bernie Hendricks, Board Member, SD Pharmacists Association; Josh Brolin, NABP; Dana Darger, Scott Peterson, Rapid City Regional Hospital; John Wilber, CIGNA Home Delivery; Deborah Cummings, STI Pharmacy Techs; Curt Rising, Community Pharmacy; Brian Zeeb, DCI.
The meeting was called to order by President Liebe at 8:00 a.m. with introductions of board members and others in attendance.
Minutes from the June 3, 2011 were introduced. Rave moved to approve the minutes of the June 3 meeting, seconded by Ham-Burr. Motion approved.
The financial reports for the first quarter of the 2012 fiscal year were reviewed. Revenues and operation expenses are on budget with an unexpected capital outlay of $3200 to replace a printer. There has been an increase of both Wholesale and Nonprescription licenses. The vacant Senior Secretary position was filled by Jill Vanderbush and the vacant inspector position was filled by Gary Karel.
The Inspectors’ Activity Reports were reviewed. McKinstry discussed safety cap inspections and nonprescription licenses. He also discussed the possibility of wholesale inspections every two years. He also reported no violations. Jones reported one pharmacy and five technicians requested a plan of action to address.
The License Summary was reviewed and the numbers recapped.
SD Pharmacists Association-Leonard Petrick discussed Association activities and financial reports. October is American Pharmacists Month so pharmacists are going to participate in the Million Hearts Program. Petrick is also going to drop off cards announcing the Annual Convention (2012) to smaller communities in the west side of the state and the role of SDPhA. The SDPhA convention will be held in Deadwood September 21-22, 2012. Sue Schaefer reported on the fall retreat and the change of convention date. Schaefer announced that the Ryan White Program should allow freedom of pharmacy choice and the Associations role to keep that freedom. Schaefer reported a cost savings of $20,000/year by eliminating support staff position and utilizing a professional association management service for financials and other administrative duties.
No report were provided from SDSU College of Pharmacy or the SD Technician Association
Applications have been submitted and the following sites have been approved for remote site drop-off and pick-up: Avera Prairie Center, Sioux Falls; Avera Dermatology Compounding, Sioux Falls; Complete Home Care, Sioux Falls. Hand County Memorial Hospital received approval for added automation with submitted blue prints; Winner Regional Hospital received approval for remodel with provided blue prints.
Rave made a motion to approve the variance request submitted by Children’s Care Hospital and School. Motion seconded by Ham-Burr.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) – Ron Huether reported that progress was being made on the implementation of the PDMP. Huether will be attending an annual meeting in Washington DC to discuss PDMP with other states along with a representative from the DCI and a legal counsel from the AG’s office. He also reported that IHS and the VA will participate. The contract has been signed with the software vendor and instructions will go out October 1 with testing in November and December 5 the date for required reporting. January will start testing the information and February is when the program will be live. Also in February, reporting will be accepted retroactively from July 2011. In April the program will be able to generate unsolicited reports on the 6 month, six prescribers, six pharmacies criteria (proposed threshold which still needs to be determined by PDMP Director / Advisory Members).
Proposed Legislation-Mandatory Certifications of Technicians – In the matter of technicians, McKinstry reported that he believes that all technicians should be certified regardless of years of service. He has volunteered to travel the state to go through the PTCB information to assist technicians in the studying and taking of the test for certification. It was suggested that the Board should mirror both North Dakota and Iowa’s language on proposed legislation. Staff will work with Board members to develop language for review by constituents. Once completed a Rules Hearing will be scheduled for all individuals to voice their opinions. Rave motioned to move forward with mandatory certifications of technicians, Ham-Burr seconded.
NABP PMP InterConnect – Josh Brolin of NABP reported on interstate sharing of information through InterConnect. This was launched in July with an August 4 first share date. He reports that it is easy to use and that state boards will have complete control based on what our laws allow. NABP will pay the first 5 years of implementation of the software at an average cost of $12,000 per year. Ham-Burr made the motion to partner with NABP with a second by Rave.
Pseudoephedrine Monitoring – Brian Zeeb, Assistant Director, DCI, reported on the loss of funding for the pseudoephedrine monitoring program. He reported on a new, cleaner, less cumbersome, real time, web-based database to track pseudoephedrine sales with a safety override built in. Rave motioned to support the DCI in the implementation of the new system, Liebe seconded the motion.
Recent Meetings – Board members and/or staff that attended recent meetings gave brief reports on those meetings:
NABP/AACP District Five Annual Meeting-August 3-5-Saskatoon (Liebe, Ham-Burr)
MPJE State Review-September 7-8-Chicago, IL (Jones)
NABP Executive Interactive Forum – September 22-23, Chicago – (Jones)
Future Meetings – Board member and staff will participate in upcoming meetings:
Board of Pharmacy Board Meeting-December 9, Sioux Falls, SD
The meeting was adjourned at 11:45a.m. A tour was conducted of the Sturgis Regional Hospital medication dispenser.