Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Pharmacy


March 2012
South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
3701 West 49th Street - Suite 204, Sioux Falls, SD 57106


The following candidates recently met licensure requirements and were registered as pharmacists in South Dakota:  David Hatzell; Brianne Allison; and Nicholas Vogel.    


Pharmacy licenses have been issued recently to:  SD Human Services Center Pharmacy-Star located in Custer; Jeffrey Herron – Pharmacist in Charge.


As most of you are aware, in December the DEA published a final rule in the Federal Register making carisoprodol a schedule IV controlled substance. The final rule became effective on January 11th, 2012.  Accordingly a pharmacy may only fill or refill a carisoprodol prescription if all of the following requirements are met. 1) The prescription was issued for a legitimate medical purpose and by a DEA registered practitioner. 2) The prescription contains all the information required by 21 CFR 1306.05, and 3) the number of refills authorized by the practitioner is 5 or less and dispensing does not occur after six months from the date the prescription was written. More information can be viewed on the DEA website at

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Locations will be available on the DEA website listed above in March.


The Governor’s office contacted all agencies with instructions to review our laws and rules with the thought of repealing any laws and rules that may be outdated. This was entitled the Red Tape Repeal Initiative. Our Board and staff, in conjunction with many of our pharmacy constituents, decided two of the permits we currently issue are no longer relevant and also difficult to enforce. House Bill 1009 proposed the repeal of the Poison Permits as well as the Non-Prescription Drug Permit. Most, if not all of the chemicals listed in our poison laws are no longer issued commercially and the pesticides and insecticides are regulated by the Department of Agriculture. Non-Prescription Drug Permit is difficult to enforce. Convenience Stores are popping up all over the state, many of which are out of compliance with the regulation and are not required to obtain this permit for wholesalers to ship the store over the counter medications. As of this article, HB 1009 has passed the House and is on the Senate Floor.

Senate Bill 24, which was reported Winter Edition of the Journal, requires mandatory background checks for initial pharmacist registration. It can also be required for those licensees under disciplinary investigation. This legislation has passed both the House and Senate and will become completely effective July 1st, 2012.

Legislative Days in Pierre was an extremely enjoyable event. Some of us old timers had an opportunity after the barbecue to have an informal conversation with the SDSU students about many various topics. The interaction was very positive and I would encourage all of you to attend next year and converse with our “younger” generation. They are the voice of our future in pharmacy and life in general.  


A friendly reminder that any pharmacy technicians in your employment that registered with the Board of Pharmacy after July 1st 2011 have until July 1st 2014 to become Nationally Certified by one of the accrediting agencies. Employees that begin employment after July 1st 2014 will be registered with the Board as technicians – in – training for a maximum of 2 years at such time will need to provide board approved education prior to setting for one of the nationally accredited exams.


As most of you know, South Dakota has implemented a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) designed to track the dispensing of controlled drugs.  South Dakota is now one of 43 states using PDMP in an effort to reduce the diversion and improper use of these drugs while ensuring their availability for legitimate use.  Prescribers and pharmacists are able to use the patient information in the system in a variety of ways including detecting substance abuse problems, supplementing the patient’s evaluation, confirming the patient’s drug history, and documenting the patient’s adherence to medication therapy.

The SDPDMP database includes all retail and outpatient dispensing records, except emergency room-dispensed quantities for 48 hours or less.  In addition to drugs dispensed by South Dakota pharmacies, it also included drugs dispensed to South Dakota residents by nonresident pharmacies.  If a prescriber or pharmacist has a concern about a patient, he or she can look up the patient’s history in the SDPDMP.  The database will show the controlled drugs the patient has received within the specified time period, the prescriber’s name and where the drugs were dispensed.  Information will be available in seconds.  Prescribers and pharmacists must register with SDPDMP and request access in order to utilize the on-line service. 

Pharmacists are encouraged to use information from the SD PDMP database to assist them in making well informed decisions when dispensing controlled drug prescriptions to patients.  You may register for on-line access by going to the following website –

Please call the Board office if you have any questions about this very important program. 


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


Office Phone    605-362-2737 FAX    605-362-2738
Randy Jones, Executive Director
Ron Huether, PDMP Director
Gary Karel, Pharmacy Inspector
Paula Stotz, Pharmacy Inspector
Jill Vanderbush, Sr. Secretary
Melanie Houg, Secretary
Board of  Pharmacy Website

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.