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Chapter 3, "Pharmacy Technicians"

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 147.76, the Board of Pharmacy hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 3, "Pharmacy Technicians," Iowa Administrative Code. The proposed amendments provide updaed language to remove all references to "uncertified pharmacy technicians." Current rules require all pharmacy technicians to obtain national certification, but provide an extended deadline for compliance under certain conditions.  As of December 31, 2013, the provision for extension of the deadline to attain national certification has expired.  These proposed amendments eliminate all references to the extended deadline for national certification and all references to uncertified pharmacy technicians, ensuring the understanding that national certification is required of all pharmacy technicians following one-year registration as a technician trainee.

Any interested person may present written comments, data, views, and arguments on the proposed amendments not later than 4:30 p.m. on October 21, 2014. Such written materials may be sent to Terry Witkowski, Executive Officer, Board of Pharmacy, 400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite E, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4688; or by E-mail to terry.witkowski@iowa.gov.

Chapter 8, "Universal Practice Standards"

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 147.76, the Board of Pharmacy hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 8, "Universal Practice Standards," Iowa Administrative Code. The proposed amendments provide for the delegation of immunization administration by an authorized pharmacist to an authorized pharmacist-intern under the direct supervision of the authorized pharmacist.  The amendment also defines “authorized pharmacist-intern” and requires continued cardiac life support certification and documentation of such certification beyond initial qualification of the authorized pharmacist or authorized pharmacist-intern. The amendments also require that the prescriber authorizing the administration of immunizations via protocol must identify, by name or classification, any pharmacists or other qualified health professionals that may administer immunizations pursuant to the specific protocol.

Any interested person may present written comments, data, views, and arguments on the proposed amendments not later than 4:30 p.m. on October 21, 2014. Such written materials may be sent to Terry Witkowski, Executive Officer, Board of Pharmacy, 400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite E, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4688; or by E-mail to terry.witkowski@iowa.gov.

Chapter 10, "Controlled Substances"

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code sections 124.301 and 147.76, the Board of Pharmacy hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 10, "Controlled Substances," Iowa Administrative Code. The proposed amendments temporarily classify as schedule IV controlled substances products containing tramadol, alfaxalone, and suvorexant and temporarily remove the classification of hydrocodone combination products from schedule III, effectively classifying all hydrocodone-containing products in schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act in conformance with recent control of these same substances by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration. The proposed amendments also provide more clear direction for the notification process when a registrant has experienced a theft or loss of controlled substances. The amendment regarding the reporting of a theft or loss of controlled substances requires immediate notification to the DEA and, in certain circumstances to the Board, upon discovery of a theft or loss of a significant quantity of controlled substances, followed by submission to the Board and to the DEA of a formal report within 14 days of discovery of the theft or loss.

Any interested person may present written comments, data, views, and arguments on the proposed amendment not later than 4:30 p.m. on October 21, 2014.  Such written materials may be sent to Terry Witkowski, Executive Officer, Board of Pharmacy, 400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite E, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4688; or by E-mail to terry.witkowski@iowa.gov.

Chapter 19, "Nonresident Pharmacy Practice"

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code sections 147.76, the Board of Pharmacy hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 19, “Nonresident Pharmacy Practice,” Iowa Administrative Code. The proposed amendments reorganize the provisions of the rule into paragraphs, require notification to Iowa patients when a nonresident pharmacy intends to cease business in Iowa, and provide that a nonresident pharmacy may not cancel its license as a means of avoiding disciplinary action. The proposed amendments also provide that a nonresident pharmacy that is engaged in the compounding of sterile products must comply with rules in 657—Chapter 13 regulating the compounding of sterile products to Iowa patients.

Any interested person may present written comments, data, views, and arguments on the proposed amendments not later than 4:30pm on October 21, 2014.  Such written materials may be sent to Terry Witkowski, Executive Officer, Board of Pharmacy, 400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite E, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4688; or by e-mail to terry.witkowski@iowa.gov.

Chapter 33, "Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity"

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 147.76, the Board of Pharmacy hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to adopt new Chapter 33, “Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity,” Iowa Administrative Code. The proposed new chapter fulfills the directive of the 85th General Assembly by enacting rules that provide for priority application status and the opportunity to receive credit, as appropriate, towards licensing and registration qualifications for education, training, and service obtained by those who have served honorably in the military.

Any interested person may present written comments, data, views, and arguments on the proposed amendments not later than 4:30 p.m. on October 21, 2014.  Such written materials may be sent to Terry Witkowski, Executive Officer, Board of Pharmacy, 400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite E, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4688; or by E-mail to terry.witkowski@iowa.gov.

Last updated: September 15, 2014 9:16 AM

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