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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

February 2010 www.dos.state.pa.us
BOARD MEETING DATES
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June 15, 2010
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Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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2010 Census:
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Did You Know? Licensed Pharmacists Have Existing Authority to Administer Nasal Medications

The public health campaign to broadly distribute H1N1 vaccines has put a spotlight on the authority pharmacists have to administer intranasal vaccines. In our function as health care providers, the authority to administer vaccines provides pharmacists a key role in protecting public health and opportunities to expand our businesses as well.

The definition of the “practice of pharmacy” was changed with the passage of Act 102 on June 29, 2002, to recognize the expanding role of pharmacists as health care providers, especially in the area of direct patient care. “Drug administration” is included in the definition of the “practice of pharmacy.” The act further defines “drug administration” as the direct introduction of, or the application of, a drug into or on the body of a patient by injection, inhalation, ingestion or any other means and, where required by law, shall occur only pursuant to a medical order. The act then places limitations on pharmacists administering medications by injection.

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BPOA Commissioner Basil L. Merenda
Promoted to Deputy Secretary


Deputy Secretary Merenda with Secretary Cortés
Deputy Secretary Basil Merenda,
left, after being sworn in by
Secretary of State Pedro Cortés

On Nov. 23, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) Commissioner Basil L. Merenda was sworn in by Secretary Pedro A. Cortés as the Department of State’s deputy secretary for regulatory programs. Deputy Secretary Merenda continues to serve as the commissioner of BPOA.

As deputy secretary, Merenda will be responsible for supervising the Bureau of Enforcement & Investigation as well as other Department of State regulatory programs.  He works directly with Secretary Cortés, who recommended the commissioner’s promotion to Governor Edward G. Rendell.

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Update on Strategic Plan for PA Health Information Exchange

The Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform (GOHCR) is continuing to work on a final version of the strategic plan for the Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange, or PHIX. The plan will outline how to best transition to an electronic system of health records to improve efficiency, cut costs and provide better quality care.

GOHCR released a draft strategic plan on Nov. 30 and announced a 30-day public comment period that has now concluded. The comments received are being evaluated in revising the plan. Comments are available at www.ohcr.state.pa.us, along with an overview document used for public presentations and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure
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717.783.1389 | ST-PHARMACY@pa.gov@pa.gov
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