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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Pharmacy

Newsletter


April 2011
South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
4305 S Louise Ave, Suite 104, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
 

50-YEAR PHARMACISTS

Congratulations to seven pharmacists who have been registered with the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy for 50 years:  Thomas Bartholomew, Faulkton;  Marshall Davis, Nisswa, MN;  Larry Detmers, Sioux Falls; Cyril Frick, Sequim, WA;  James Sheets, Lincoln, NE;  Leroy and Sharon Stacey,  Sun City, AZ. All seven are graduates of South Dakota State University.

These pharmacists will be honored at the 125th Annual Convention of the South Dakota Pharmacists Association in Sioux Falls – June 3-5, 2011.

NEW REGISTERED PHARMACISTS

The following candidates recently met licensure requirements and were registered as pharmacists in South Dakota:  Nathaniel Bossert, Ralph Curdie, Pamela Ekern, Gregory Hall, John Hamilton, Germon Hill, Eric Jorczak, Jane Kampfe, Richard Shoopman and Leroy Thaemert. 

NEW PHARMACIES

Pharmacy licenses have been issued recently to:  Sams Pharmacy #10-6565, Rapid City, Margaret Anderson, Pharmacist-in-charge.

SECOND NATIONAL TAKE-BACK DAY SCHEDULED

Due to the overwhelming success of the first event, DEA is planning a second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  This will be a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In an effort to address this problem, DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted the first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  The purpose of this National Take Back Day was to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in the event.  All told, the American Public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on this first National Take Back Day.

              This provides a great community service opportunity for pharmacists.  The Board encourages you to contact your local law enforcement officials and help support and promote this effort in your community.  Further information about the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, including a link to locate a collection site near you, will be posted on this website.  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

PHARMACIST PRECEPTORS

Board Staff often gets questions from pharmacists regarding requirements to serve as a preceptor for a pharmacy intern. Administrative Rule 20:51:02 provides a comprehensive overview of these requirements. The following sections of the rule provide answers to some of the more common questions from preceptors.

 20:51:02:11.   Supervising pharmacist requirements. A registered pharmacist who agrees to supervise the practical experience of a registered pharmacy intern must certify this on a form provided by the board and agree to abide by the South Dakota pharmacy law and the rules of the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy. A pharmacist must be in continuous contact with and actually giving instructions to the intern during all professional activities of the entire internship. Interns may receive written or verbal prescriptions if the pharmacist reviews and makes the necessary professional determinations about the medication order, including the name of the drug, its strength and dosage, directions for use, and the number of allowable refills.

A pharmacist must verify the accuracy of all information entered into the computer by the intern. The identity of the pharmacist must be included in the record.

The pharmacist must inspect the prepared prescription and verify the accuracy of the preparation, and its labeling, prior to dispensing the prescription to the patient or patient's representative.

20:51:02:11.01.  Number of interns. A pharmacist may not supervise more than one pharmacy intern at a time in the pharmacy. The pharmacy intern does not count for purposes of the ratio of technicians supervised by the pharmacist.

TECHNICIAN EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) recommends that state Boards of Pharmacy require all pharmacy technicians to be nationally certified by the year 2015.  Many states have already enacted laws or adopted rules requiring completion of an accredited education program and certification for all pharmacy technicians.  The Board is very interested in the opinions of pharmacists regarding future changes or additions to our requirements for pharmacy technicians.  

There are three accredited pharmacy technician educational programs available in South Dakota.

Western Dakota Technical Institute; Rapid City

Barbara Simmons (605-718-2906)   barbara.simmons@wdt.edu

National American University; Sioux Falls

Tracy Bultena (605-336-4686)   tbultena@national.edu

Southeast Technical Institute; Sioux Falls

Debborah Cummings  (605-367-5743)   debborah.cummings@southeasttech.edu

The Board receives requests for Technician training materials, course work, or programs available to assist pharmacy technicians in preparing for the national certification exam.  The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has many training manuals listed on their website. Many of these manuals can be purchased at area book stores or on-line.  www.PTCB.org - click on the resources icon.

Other available options include:

Pharmacist Letter – www.pharmacistletter.com

American Pharmacists Association – www.pharmacist.com/shop_apha

ANY CHANGES RECENTLY?

The Board staff sends out communications to pharmacists and technicians throughout the year. The office needs accurate information so that you will receive this information in a timely fashion.  Please report changes such as – name, home address, work address, phone numbers, e-mail address, etc.  Technicians are required to report within 10 day (see ARSD 20:51:29:15).  A change in pharmacist-in-charge must be reported immediately (see ARSD 20:51:06:02.01).   The Change of Name or Location forms can be located on our website at www.pharmacy.sd.gov  or you may simply send an e-mail message to one of the staff with your changes.

BOARD MEETING DATES

Please check our website for the time, location and agenda for future Board meetings.

SOUTH DAKOTA PHARMACISTS

Currently there are 1,708 pharmacists holding active South Dakota licenses.  1055 of these pharmacists live in South Dakota.  651 live in other states.  One lives in Australia and one in South Korea.

County

Pharmacists

Retail

Health Systems

*Other

MO

Brookings

31

18

5

8

Brown

40

22

13

5

Codington

35

22

7

6

Davison

28

18

8

2

Lincoln

118

49

42

27

Minnehaha

306

89

103

49

65

Pennington

134

59

56

19

Yankton

29

16

5

8

*Other category includes retired, unemployed, self-employed, longterm care, mail order (other than Minnehaha), misc.

**Counties represent place of residence, not place of employment

BOARD OF PHARMACY STAFF DIRECTORY

Office Phone    605-362-2737 FAX    605-362-2738
Ron Huether, Executive Secretary   ronald.huether@state.sd.us
Randy Jones, Pharmacy Inspector    randy.jones@state.sd.us
Earl McKinstry, Pharmacy Inspector     earlm@dishmail.net
Kim Kocmick-Burden, Senior Secretary      kim.burden@state.sd.us
Melanie Houg, Secretary melanie.houg@state.sd.us
Board of  Pharmacy Website  www.pharmacy.sd.gov

Please read all Newsletters and keep them for future reference.  The Newsletters will be used in hearings as proof of notification. Please contact the Board office at 605-362-2737 if you have questions about an article in the Newsletter.  Past Newsletters are also available on the Board’s Website.