Comprehensive updates to the current Tennessee Board of Pharmacy Rules have been approved by the Attorney General and posted on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. Per current regulatory procedure, these rules will remain posted on the Secretary of State’s website for a period of 90 days, during which time they will be reviewed by the Joint Government Operations Rule Review Committee during a public hearing in early 2017. If the rules are approved by the Committee, they will become effective on February 20, 2017.
CLICK HERE or visit http://share.tn.gov/sos/rules_filings/11-14-16.pdf to access the document containing the complete updates to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy Rules.
These updated Board rules contain several important changes to current Tennessee Board of Pharmacy Rules. Many of the changes noted in the rules document create additional waiver provisions to allow the Board of Pharmacy greater regulatory flexibility with respect to the rapidly changing practice of pharmacy. Besides adding these waiver provisions, there are several more important changes, which are highlighted below (with page locations in the document):
|Page 4: Important Definitions Added and/or Amended:
Page 6: Changes to Fee Structure
Pages 6-7: Temporary Pilot Programs Through Board Approval
Page 7: Prohibition on Incentivizing and Inducing the Transfer of Prescriptions
Page 7: Tech-Check-Tech
Pages 10-14: Institutional and Alternate or Alternative Infusion Pharmacy Practice Sites
Pages 17-22: New Rules for Collaborative Pharmacy Practice
Pages 23-31: New Chapter for Long Term Care Pharmacy Practice
TPA applauds the staff and members of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy for their extensive work and efforts to contemporize pharmacy rules. TPA also appreciates all of our members for your input, participation, and advocacy throughout this lengthy rule-making process. A summary of TPA’s comments, which were based on comments from members and presented at the December 18, 2015, public hearing, may be found on pages 33-35.
TPA and its practice societies, as well as the TPA ad hoc Ambulatory Care/Collaborative Practice Committee, will continue to support and encourage the implementation of collaborative pharmacy practice models. More information and resources on collaborative pharmacy practice will be available soon, but in the meantime, TPA members can access examples of collaborative pharmacy practice agreements by CLICKING HERE or visiting the Tennessee Society of Pharmacists (TSP) page on the TPA website.
If you look but can’t seem to locate a resource you need, please reach out and let us know, and we’ll be happy to help you!