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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Pharmacy

Newsletter


December 2011
South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
3701 West 49th Street - Suite 204, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
 

Greetings from the SD Board of Pharmacy.  I hope the Holiday Season and this brief message finds you well.

NEW BOARD MEMBER

Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Diane Dady to the South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy on November 14th, 2011.

Diane was born and raised in Worthington, MN also graduating from High School there. Diane attended SDSU College of Pharmacy receiving her degree in 1980. Since graduation she has held positions at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre from 1980-1984; Co-owner with husband Mark of Dady Drug / Family Pharmacy from 1984 – present. Diane is also the Director of Pharmacy at the Mobridge Regional Hospital which she has held since 1992. Diane has had experience as a consultant pharmacist at various Nursing Facilities as well.

Diane is an active member in the South Dakota Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. She volunteers for many community events; is a member of the Mobridge High School Parent Advisory Board and the New School Committee. She and husband Mark have 3 children; John, Michael, and Sarah.

NEW REGISTERED PHARMACISTS

The following candidates recently met licensure requirements and were registered as pharmacists in South Dakota:    Teresa Anderson, David Crolius, Ahn Tam Dang, Kendy Fauska, Leslie Flory, Mary French, Amisa Honke, Liza Jensen, Christina Odens, Kimberly Stroeh.

NEW PHARMACIES

Pharmacy licenses have been issued recently to:  Lewis Family Drug; Mitchell – Casey Zoss Pharmacist in Charge; Sandford Aberdeen Medical Center Pharmacy; Aberdeen – Sheryl Aufenkamp Pharmacist in Charge; Regional Pharmacy; Spearfish – Lora Hummel-Koch Pharmacist in Charge.

 

THIRD NATIONAL TAKE-BACK DAY SCHEDULED

The third national prescriptions take – back day again proved successful. Consumers disposed of more than 188 tons of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications at the third National DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 29, 2011. Law enforcement and community partners coordinated with DEA to provide 5,327 take-back sites across all 50 states and the United States territories, as reported in a DEA press release. DEA reports that the three take-back days combined collected a total of 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of unwanted medication for safe disposal, helping to prevent misuse, abuse, and diversion of the drugs. DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart stated that “The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.” Leonhart noted that “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.” Photographs from the third DEA take-back event are available on the DEA website.

 

ACETAMINOPHEN AND INFANTS

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reports that liquid acetaminophen for infants is being shipped to hospital and retail pharmacies in a new concentration many times without providing notice about the concentration change.

Last year, manufactures announced a voluntary reformulation from the former 80 mg/0.8 ml infant drops to the current 120 mg/5 ml strength for children under 12 y/o. The rationale behind this was to make it easier for parents and caregivers to avoid dosing errors by using a single concentration of the liquid reports ISMP.

Please review these products on your shelves to ensure if variations exist in your pharmacy they are clearly segregated and properly identifiable. Acetaminophen toxicity with associated liver failure are among the most frequent and unintentional poisonings in emergency departments.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

At the last legislative session, various agencies presented the need for background checks for their constituents. Due to the number of professions included in the initial request, questions raised about some inconsistencies with how the background check requirements would be applied among the various professions. As a result, a workgroup met this past summer to review all of the various criminal background laws currently in place and the requirements of those professions wanting to be included in similar laws and develop and uniform and consistent policy. The proposed bill would require criminal background checks for new applicants for licensure as well as for those licensees/registrants under disciplinary investigation. Applicants and licensees under disciplinary investigation would be required to pay the cost of the background check which is $43.25. The professions included for boards under the DOH include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and nursing home administrators. There are other licensing boards under other state agencies that are also proposing background check legislation.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM (PDMP) UPDATE

The final steps in the implementation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program are taking place. Pharmacies successfully began weekly data submission to the SDPDMP database in December.     Patient profiles from the PDMP database are to be used to supplement an evaluation of a patient, to confirm a patient’s drug history, or to document compliance with a therapeutic regimen.  Pharmacists are not required to use the PDMP data to obtain patient information; however its use is strongly encouraged.  

Patient profile reports will be available to pharmacists beginning in March. Pharmacists are encouraged to obtain reports by direct on-line access.   Information and instructions for submitting a request for on-line access is available on the Board of Pharmacy website. 

Executive Director Randy Jones, Inspectors Gay Karel and Paula Stotz, and PDMP Director Ron Huether will welcome the opportunity to meet with groups of pharmacists to provide education and training on accessing patient profile reports and on the proper use of the PDMP data.   Please contact the Board by phone or email with questions or for more information about this valuable new program. 

BOARD MEETING DATES

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

             

BOARD OF PHARMACY STAFF DIRECTORY

Office Phone    605-362-2737 FAX    605-362-2738
Randy Jones, Executive Director randy.jones@state.sd.us
Ron Huether, PDMP Director ronald.huether@state.sd.us
Gary Karel, Pharmacy Inspector gary.karel@state.sd.us
Paula Stotz, Pharmacy Inspector    paula.stotz@state.sd.us
Jill Vanderbush, Sr. Secretary    jill.vanderbush@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.