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Wrong Number?

Magazine article Drug Topics

Wrong Number?

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Should pharmacy boards register out-of-state telepharmacists?

Pharmacists who work the telephone or the Internet to provide pharmaceutical care to patients far away should have to register with the state pharmacy boards where those patients reside, according to two National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) advisory groups.

Technology and communication systems that have opened up opportunities for pharmacists have also created a black hole for pharmacy boards. The regulators don't know who's practicing telepharmacy on the good citizens of their state and whether they're getting pharmaceutical care or just ripped off. One way to help boards get a grip would be to register such pharmacists so the public will know whom they're dealing with and where to complain if there are problems, according to a report issued by the Task Force on Telepharmacy and reviewed by the Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation at NABP's recent annual meeting in San Diego. The committee made recommendations for language to be incorporated into NABP's Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules. The individual state boards can then decide whether to adopt NABP's model act and rules.

The groups also recommended that the boards establish through NABP a multistate registry of telepharmacists, who would have to pay a fee. They suggested that NABP's National Disciplinary Clearinghouse would be used as a databank for state boards to verify information provided by R.Ph. applicants. No distinction was made between dispensing and nondispensing pharmacists. …

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