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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY

May 2011 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
May 17, 2011
June 21-22, 2011
July 19, 2011
Aug. 16, 2011
Sept. 20, 2011
Oct. 18, 2011

OTHER NEWS
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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Newsletter Preferences
Visit the newsletter preference center to change your subscription settings.
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Newsletter Archive
View past issues of board newsletters on the Department of State website.
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Governor Corbett Names Katie True to Head Department of State’s Professional Licensing Bureau




Governor Tom Corbett recently named Katie True, of Lancaster County, to lead the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Pennsylvania Department of State.

As commissioner, True will oversee the state’s professional and occupational licensing boards. The bureau provides administrative and legal support for all of the state’s licensing boards - which oversees professionals from medical doctors to accountants and funeral directors – while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent and unethical practitioners.

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DEA Policy Statement on the Role of a Practitioner's Agent in Communicating Controlled Substance Prescriptions

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a statement of policy that clarifies the proper role of a duly authorized agent of a DEA-registered individual practitioner in communicating controlled substance (CS) prescription information to a pharmacy.  The statement, published Oct. 6, 2010 in the Federal Register, reminds health care providers that a prescription for a CS medication must be issued by a DEA-registered practitioner acting in the usual course of professional practice. Such a practitioner may authorize an agent to “perform a limited role in communicating such prescriptions to a pharmacy in order to make the prescription process more efficient.” 

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Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act

The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act (S-3397) was signed into law on Oct. 12, 2010. This act amends the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) to give the Attorney General authority to promulgate regulations to allow patients to deliver unused prescription controlled substances to “appropriate entities for disposal in a safe and effective manner consistent with effective controls against diversion.” The law also allows for the authorization of controlled substance disposal by long-term health care facilities on behalf of patients in accordance with regulations to be established by the Attorney General.

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Introducing the Newsletter Preference Center

The Department of State is pleased to introduce the long-awaited newsletter preference center!  At the suggestion of several board members, licensees may now subscribe to multiple newsletters and more easily manage their subscriptions. The newsletter preference center will allow you to subscribe to as many board newsletters as you wish, unsubscribe from any newsletters you no longer wish to receive and update your email address.

The preference center also opens newsletter subscription to non-licensees who may be interested in a particular business or health care field.  We encourage you to share the preference center with your non-licensee colleagues so that they may also receive the benefits of the newsletters’ important updates and timely articles.

It is important to note that updating your email address on My License will not change the email address used for newsletter subscriptions.  You must use the preference center to change the email address at which you wish to receive newsletters, as well as to subscribe or unsubscribe from newsletters. 

Visit the preference center now or go to the Department of State’s homepage, www.dos.state.pa.us, click on “Licensing,” then “Newsletters.”






Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7156 | ST-PHARMACY@pa.gov
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