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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Pharmacy

Newsletter


January 2010
South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
4305 S Louise Ave, Suite 104, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

Governor Mike Rounds has reappointed Arlene Ham-Burr and Arvid Liebe to the Board of Pharmacy for additional terms of three years.  Arlene, public member from Rapid City, has served on the Board since November 2006.  Arvid, independent pharmacy owner from Milbank, was first appointed in 1999 by Governor Janklow.  Other members continuing on the Board:  Jeff Nielsen, Sioux Falls; Steve Statz, Sioux Falls; and Marla Hayes, Presho.

The next board meeting is scheduled for March 5 in Sioux Falls.  Board meetings are open to the public.  Pharmacists are encouraged to attend.  The specific location and agenda for the meeting will be posted on our website approximately 30 days before the meeting.  Minutes of past meetings are available on the website. 

The new Administrative Rule – ARSD 20:51:31 Sterile Compounding Practices - became effective on December 9, 2009.  The Board appreciates the assistance provided by many pharmacists as we developed this new rule based on the USP/NF 797 guidelines.  The Board plans to support all pharmacies involved in sterile compounding with their efforts to comply with this rule.  The Board plans a non-punitive process of assessment and education on sterile compounding during the inspections conducted in 2010. 

The Board will continue to consider changes and additions to other sections of the rules in order to maintain or enhance pharmacy practice regulations that protect the health and welfare of South Dakota consumers.  Please call the Board office or speak with one of the inspectors if you have any questions or suggestions about administrative rules.  

NEW REGISTERED PHARMACISTS

The following candidates recently met licensure requirements and were registered as pharmacists in South Dakota: Charles Bahr, Jeffrey Baird, Danielle Bruggeman, Barbara Hoover, Helena Kim, Anthony Ratzsch, Matthew Sexton and Curtis Trowbridge.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Twelve hours of board-approved continuing education is required each year for relicensure.  All CE programs with ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) are approved.  The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy will also consider granting approval for other programs that meet the requirements stated in ARSD Chapter 20:51:19.  The application form is available on our website – www.pharmacy sd.gov – and must be received in our office at least five working days in advance of the program.   The objectives stated on the application form must demonstrate specific relevance to pharmacy practice.

PRESCRIBING AUTHORITY

Pharmacists often contact our staff with questions related to the prescribing authority for various prescribers (i.e. Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, etc.).  Information on this topic is readily available by a link on our Web site.  At the Board of Pharmacy Home Page click on “Prescribers and Prescribing Authority Approved by the Board”. 

 

NOTES FROM OUR INSPECTORS

If your pharmacy sells pseudoephedrine products or any other items included in the Combat Methamphetamine Act 2005 you are required to “recertify” when your self-certification expires.  The can be done by going to the DEA Diversion Web site – www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov . Click on “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of  2005” located on the right-hand side of the page.  Follow the instructions in the “Required Training and Self-Certification” section. 

Make sure your pharmacy technicians are registered.  Each technician registration expires annually on October 31st and must be renewed.  The pharmacist-in-charge must verify the status of each pharmacy technician.  The current registration certificate must be posted in the pharmacy. 

ANTIVIRAL INVENTORY SURVEYS

During this “flu season” the Board office staff has conducted monthly surveys to determine the inventory levels of antiviral products – Tamiflu and Relenza.  This information is requested by the Emergency Preparedness staff of the South Dakota Department of Health and is very useful in assisting their efforts to deal with the current influenza epidemic.  We know that pharmacists have been very busy meeting the needs of your patients during this same time.  The Board and staff certainly appreciate the cooperation and prompt responses provided by many pharmacists when we ask you to report this information to us.  

 

SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER

The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy Newsletter has been designated as an official method of notification to pharmacists licensed by the South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy.  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 any article in the Newsletter.  Past Newsletters are also available on the Board’s Website.

BOARD OF PHARMACY STAFF DIRECTORY

Office Phone    605-362-2737 FAX    605-362-2738
Ron Huether, Executive Secretary         ronald.huether@state.sd.us
Rene Hixon, Senior Secretary       rene.hixon@state.sd.us
Kim Kocmick-Burden, Secretary          kimberly.kocmick-burden@state.sd.us
Earl McKinstry, Pharmacy Inspector     earlm@dishmail.net
Randy Jones, Pharmacy Inspector        randy.jones@state.sd.us
Board of  Pharmacy Website  www.pharmacy.sd.gov