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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Pharmacy

Newsletter


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

WE’RE ON THE MOVE

The Board Office has relocated to a space more conducive to staffing changes.  Ron Huether has accepted the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Director position.  Former Inspector Randy Jones has accepted the Executive Director position.  Gary Karel has accepted the full time Inspector position and Jill Vanderbush has accepted the Sr. Secretary position. We are extremely excited to have Gary and Jill on the team. The address for the new office space is 3701 West 49th Street – Suite 204. Sioux Falls, SD 57106.  Phone and fax numbers have remained the same. The new office is located in the adjacent building just to the north of the old location.   

NEW REGISTERED PHARMACISTS

The following candidates recently met licensure requirements and were registered as pharmacists in South: Kristi Mihok, Anne Meyer, Jill Jacobson, Daniel Lee, Christy Martin, Kristen Lee, Susan Puetz, Derek Hoitsma, Kyle Heer, Kara Kaiser, Wendy Schulte, Kara Lippert, Madhuri Kanuri, Andrea Carder, Courtney Larson, Ryan Fox, Tyler Van Metre, Robert Sayles, Jessica Schroeder, Kyle Dvoracek, Kristen Remund, Katie Reis, Daniel Vostad, Brittany Wilson, Brandi Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Samantha Ingemansen, Adam Jerke, Sarah Hanson, Amanda Styles, Sarah Nagel, Annie Lancaster, Michaela Johnson, Craig Fjeldheim, Morgan Tschetter, Samuel Mari, Michelle Eykamp, Kasey Kirschenmann.   This list will to grow as new graduates continue to schedule dates to sit for the exams.  

NEW PHARMACIES

Pharmacy licenses have been issued recently to:  Sturgis Senior Regional Care Pharmacy, Sturgis - Scott Peterson, Pharmacist-in-Charge; Complete Home Care Pharmacy – Thomas Chiu, Pharmacist-in-Charge; and Avera Dermatology Pharmacy, Jennifer Bergan – Pharmacist-in-Charge.  

SOUTH DAKOTA PHARMACIES

Currently there are 281licensed pharmacies in South Dakota (233 full time and 48 part time).  Cities with the most pharmacies:  Sioux Falls – 60; Rapid City – 27; Aberdeen – 13; Watertown – 10; Yankton - 10. 

 

RENEWAL TIME IS HERE

By the time you receive this newsletter, your pharmacy license may have expired. Pharmacy Permits expire on June 30th of each year.  If you have not renewed or have not received your new license certificate please contact the Board office.  As an additional reminder, individual pharmacists’ licenses will expire September 30th.  Renewal applications can be located on our website at www.pharmacy.sd.gov.  The board office will begin processing renewal applications on August 1st.             

NEW BOARD OF PHARMACY GUIDELINE

At the June 3rd Board meeting, the Board discussed and approved the following policy statement.

Policy Statement Pharmacist Changing Quantity Dispensed

The Board of Pharmacy recognizes that the pharmacist should be allowed to exercise professional judgment when dispensing prescriptions.  The pharmacist has the responsibility to serve the best interest of the patient provided it is within applicable laws and/or regulations.  Patients often benefit when the pharmacist dispenses either a greater or lesser quantity than indicated on the prescription.  Dispensing additional quantities of medication up to the total number of dosage units authorized by the prescriber on the original prescription order including refills is often appropriate.  Changing the quantity dispensed may lead to enhanced compliance and a potential decrease in healthcare costs. 

The following Guidelines shall apply: 

  • The pharmacist shall use his/her professional judgment in determining appropriate changes in the quantity dispensed.

  • The pharmacist shall determine that the change is in the best interest of the patient for reasons of compliance, convenience, or cost savings to the patient.

  • The pharmacist shall discuss the change in quantity dispensed and the reasons for the change with the patient.

  • The pharmacist shall obtain approval from the prescriber before changing the quantity dispensed for controlled substances.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION TOOL

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) working in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has implemented an on-line tool for pharmacists and technicians to track their continuing education hours.  It will also offer state boards of pharmacy the opportunity to electronically authenticate the CPE units completed by their licensees, rather than requiring pharmacists and technicians to submit their proof of completion statements upon request or for random audits.   This initiative will streamline processes for pharmacy practitioners to ensure they are maintaining professional competency requirements. CPE Monitor is expected to save pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, state boards of pharmacy, and CPE provider’s time and money.

HOW IT WORKS - Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will receive a unique ID after setting up their e-Profile with NABP. Beginning in the latter part of 2011, they will provide their NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth to the ACPE-accredited provider when they register for CPE or submit a request for credit. The system will then direct electronic data from ACPE-accredited providers to ACPE and then to NABP, ensuring that CPE credit is officially verified by the providers. Once information is received by NABP, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to log in to access information about their completed CPE activities. After a transition period, ACPE-accredited CPE providers will no longer be required to distribute statements of credit.  

In addition, boards of pharmacy will have the option of requesting reports on their licensees, eliminating the need for pharmacists and technicians to send paper copies of CPE statements of credit. Instead, records kept in CPE Monitor will be sent to the boards for CPE activities taken from ACPE-accredited providers.

In Phase 2 of the CPE Monitor initiative, CPE Monitor will add a function to record CPE from providers not accredited by ACPE in addition to CPE activities from ACPE-accredited providers.  Until Phase 2 is completed, pharmacists and technicians will need to submit proof of completion of CPE from providers not accredited by ACPE directly to the board of pharmacy when required to do so.

SOUTH DAKOTA PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM

Administrative rules have been adopted for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will be implemented this summer.  All pharmacists should review and become familiar with the law (SDCL 34-20E) and the rules (ARSD 30:51:32).  Laws and rules pertaining to the practice of pharmacy are readily available on the Board website.

Retail pharmacies licensed by the Board that dispense prescriptions to South Dakota residents will be required to submit information on all controlled drug prescriptions.    Pharmacists and prescribers will be able to access information from the database in order to help manage patient’s medications.  Soon you will receive instructions for data submission and data access.

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       ronald.huether@state.sd.us
Earl McKinstry, Pharmacy Inspector     earlm@dishmail.net
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 any article in the Newsletter Past Newsletters are also available on the Board’s Website.