Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Pharmacy


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

Greetings from the Board of Pharmacy! The past couple of months have been very busy at the office. With graduation completed, we are working with the new graduates to assist them with requirements to sit for the national exams and issuing their licenses as quickly as is humanly possible. This is also the pharmacy renewal period, and as a reminder if you haven’t renewed your pharmacy permit, it expired June 30th. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is gaining a larger footprint as well and we appreciate that fact – it means the program is working the way it was meant to.  

The following candidates recently met licensure requirements and were registered as pharmacists in South Dakota:  Robert Brower; Courtney Conaster; Erin Weyer; Casey Williams; Brenda Marks; Jenna Kucera; Crystal Huntrods; Suzanne Kopp; Jenifer Long; Katie Gregory; Jenifer Long; Ann Konechne; Andrew Willuweit.      

Pharmacy licenses have been issued recently to:  Lewis Family Drug #72 – Mitchell; Bill Ladwig PIC; Avera Compounding Pharmacy – Sioux Falls; Darrel Mutchler PIC; SD Human Services Center Pharmacy – Pierre; Jeffrey Herron PIC.

The office has overcome some staffing shortages and is presently operating at full tilt. Jony Bruns began employment on April 16th as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Assistant. Jony comes to us from the Sanford network and has an extensive background in medical transcription. This makes Jony a good fit as we can toss medical terminology right at her and she doesn’t blink. We welcome her to the staff and she has proved to be a valuable asset to the program as well as support for the entire office.

As stated, we are “presently” operating at full staff; however this will be a temporary situation. PDMP Director Ron Huether has announced his resignation from the board staff. Ron’s official date of retirement is July 16th.  Over the past 7+ years Ron has been an inspector, Executive Secretary, and PDMP Director. His guidance, wisdom, and vision have proved invaluable to the Board and staff as well as pharmacists across the state. He will certainly be missed. As of this article we are in the process of looking for Ron’s replacement.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day produced a record-breaking amount of unused medications.

On April 28, the DEA’s partners and law enforcement agencies collected 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at more than 5,600 take-back sites nationwide. This Take-Back Day and the DEA’s 3 other Take-Back events have added up to more than 1.5 million pounds of medication that have been removed from circulation.

“While a uniform system for prescription drug disposal is being finalized, we will continue to sponsor these important take-back opportunities as a service to our communities,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is important, according to the DEA, because a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from medicine cabinets at home. 

Below are scenarios that have been repeatedly noticed by our inspectors. If you have questions, please contact your inspector or the Board office. 

  • Carisoprodol-most everyone is aware that this is a controlled substance (C-IV), but not everyone has conducted a baseline inventory.  This should have been done on January 11th, 2012.

  • Combat Meth Certificate-remember to check the expiration date. 

  • If there is a change of “Pharmacist in Charge”, remember to complete a count of controlled substances and sign off by both (former & new) pharmacist in charge.

  • Reverse Distributor-if you are using a reverse distributor for processing returns, remember they need to be licensed with the Board of Pharmacy.

  • Sterile Compounding Practices-remember hoods should be inspected every 6 months now.  Also, your multiple dose vial (MDV) outdate policy should be 28 days.

  • Random controlled substance inventory audits should be conducted at more frequent intervals. Starting inventory points can be estimated for containers with less than 1000  tablets, however if a variance is recognized, accurate starting inventory counts from the last random audit or the biennial inventory should provide better results.

  • It has been noticed the technician to pharmacist ration (2:1) in some locations is not be complied with. A 3:1 ratio can be considered under ARSD 20:51:29.02 as long as your pharmacy meets the requirements stated in the rule. This request must be presented and approved by the board prior to implementation. 


South Dakota pharmacies and Non-Resident pharmacies licensed by the Board have very responsive in complying with the requirement to submit prescription information to the SDPDMP.  Indian Health Service pharmacies in South Dakota are also submitting data.  As of May 30, 2012 there are over 800,000 prescriptions in the database (2011 – 407,868; 2012 – 415,351). Many pharmacists have help our staff reach out to prescribers and encourage them to request on-line access.  Currently 308 pharmacists and 333 prescribers have been approved to access the SDPDMP database. 

Top 10 Controlled Substances in South Dakota by Number of Doses Dispensed:
January 1, 2012 to May 25, 2012.

2012 Most Prescribed Drugs

No. of Prescriptions

Doses Dispensed

Average Doses/Rx

Hydrocodone/APAP 91,708 5,089,150 55
Clonazepam 23,638 1,459,284 62
Lorazepam 26,873 1,265,055 47
Oxycodone 13,464 1,117,253 83
Alprazolam 18,419 1,064,999 58
Zolpidem 32,744 1,037,898 32
Oxycodone/APAP 14,261 859,028 60
Methylphenidate 16,900 759,869 45
Amphetamine Salts 15,070 667,521 44
APAP/Codeine 12,536 481,743 38

Pharmacists are encouraged to use information from the SDPDMP to assist 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
Jony Bruns, PDMP Assistant  
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.