Tennessee Pharmacists Association

During the 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly, several new laws were enacted that directly affect pharmacists and their practices.

TPA has summarized and highlighted the requirements of those laws, along with their effective dates, in the TPA’s Legislative Bulletin. The effective date of several of these laws is July 1, 2014.

Two new laws address two specific issues identified as legislative priorities for the TPA: P.C. 832 Collaborative Pharmacy Practice (p3) (effective date July1, 2014) and P.C. 857 Regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managers and MAC Limits (p3-4) (effective date January 1, 2015).

In addition, new laws also implement other important changes in pharmacy practice, including:

P.C.906 – implementing new limits on sales of pseudoephedrine containing products (p 5) (effective date July 1, 2014) – 5.76 grams per month and 28.8 grams per year. (NOTE: Federal limit of 3.6 grams per day is still in effect. Please see other changes regarding sales to person 18 years of age or younger.)

P.C.828 – requiring correction of NPLEx Data Entry Errors (p6) (effective date July1, 2014).

P.C, 872 – implementing new requirements for requesting patient IDs for certain patients for certain controlled substance prescriptions (p 6-7) (effective date July1, 2014) – For Rxs for greater than a 7-day supply for any schedule II-IV opioid, benzodiazepine, zolpidem, barbiturate, or carisoprodol to any unknown person, the pharmacy must have the person present a valid government issued ID, or public or private insurance card. There are other provisions which should be reviewed carefully.

P.C.1011 – changing the required timeframe for reporting to the controlled substance database to once per business day (p7) (effective date January 1, 2016). Exact requirements are delineated in the Bulletin.

P.C.623 – Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioid Antagonists (p8) (effective date July1, 2014) – allows prescribing and dispensing of opioid antagonists to at-risk persons, their family members, or their friends. Details are described in the bulletin.

The provisions of other new laws that pharmacists should know about are also included in the Bulletin. Pharmacists are urged to review all information contained in the Bulletin, including links to the language of the new laws and links to legislation that was introduced and not passed, but which may be reintroduced in the 2015 session.

Please contact TPA if you have specific questions.