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Texas State Board of Pharmacy
News - December 2018

UPDATE: New Official Schedule II Prescription Forms

Effective June 1, 2019, all versions of the Official Schedule II Prescription Form issued prior to September 1, 2018, will no longer be valid.

Previously, the date by which only the new forms would be valid was January 1, 2019, but it has been extended to June 1, 2019 to ensure all prescribers are able to receive the new Official Schedule II Prescription Forms.

PLEASE NOTE: The processing time to receive prescription forms may exceed 45 days.

Click here to visit the Texas PMP website for additional information.

TSBP's General Counsel on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis

Hundreds of lawyers are involved in the opioid crisis. Each represents various corporate interests or injured plaintiffs seeking to sue, and all of them expect to be paid big money.

Then there is Kerstin Arnold, who may be the single most important Texas lawyer involved in the opioid epidemic.

As general counsel of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, Arnold is arguably the most influential and knowledgeable attorney on issues of public health and the pharmaceutical industry in Texas.

Read the full article from the Houston Chronicle here.


House Committee Says Texas Faces "Significant Challenges" in Curbing Substance Abuse

In a report released [November 30th], the House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse wrote that Texas "must remain vigilant" when it comes to ongoing issues around addiction and drug abuse.

Read the full article from The Texas Tribune here.


Pharmacists Have Been Called on to Make Naloxone Widely Available--But Do They Know How to Use It?

In California, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, fewer than 25 percent of pharmacies expressed willingness to provide the drug without a prescription, despite a 2016 law allowing them to do so.

Yet in Texas, according to a separate JAMA research letter, 84 percent of pharmacists surveyed said they would dispense naloxone without a prescription. 

Read the full article from STAT News here.



REMINDER: New Fingerprints Required for ALL Pharmacy Technicians Registered Before June 2015

Beginning in January 2019, pharmacy technicians who registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) before June 1, 2015 will need to complete a new fingerprinting session before completing their next renewal. 

To check your initial registration date, please click here. You can search by registration number or by name if you do not know your registration number.

Visit the fingerprint session information page here. It outlines the new fingerprinting session requirements and how to complete them early if you would like.

Visit the FAQs for Fingerprinting page here. The FAQ goes into more detail regarding the fingerprinting requirements and offers several resources for you to get started.

REMINDER: New Opioid Abuse CE Requirement for Pharmacists

Beginning January 1, 2019, all pharmacists are required to obtain one hour of CE related to opioid abuse. See Board Rule 295.8 for additional pharmacist CE requirements.
REMINDER: New Official (CII) Prescription Forms

Effective September 1, 2018, TSBP began issuing Official (CII) Prescription Forms with enhanced security features. Effective June 1, 2019, all versions of the Official (CII) Prescription Form issued prior to September 1, 2018, will no longer be valid. Find out more on the Texas PMP website here and on the order information page here.
Attend TSBP Board Meetings for
CE credit

TSBP’s next Board meeting will be held on February 5, 2019. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who attend the full-day meeting in person may be awarded three CE hours. Signing in and out at the meeting will be required for CE credit. The meeting agenda will be available here as the date approaches.
Can you recognize non-therapeutic dispensing?

Failure of pharmacies and pharmacists to detect patterns of inappropriate dispensing of prescription drugs is unprofessional practice and constitutes grounds for disciplinary action. Visit our website here for resources to help you recognize and prevent non-therapeutic dispensing in your pharmacy.
Questions? Call our rules hotline.

TSBP staff is available to answer questions regarding pharmacy laws and rules. Please note that staff cannot provide legal advice. You can reach the rules hotline at 512-305-8070. You can also view our interactive TSBP Rules FAQ by clicking here.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities with TSBP

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy strives to bring additional learning opportunities to pharmacy professionals as the profession grows. TSBP offers several CE opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, including live webinars throughout the year, and online courses that can be accessed at any time.
Our upcoming Laws and Rules Update webinars are as follows.
Click on a date to see more details:

January 23, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 12, 2019

Take a look at our complete CE offerings
on our catalog page here.

Do you know a pharmacist with any of the following symptoms?
  • Depressed
  • Drinking alcohol in more than moderate amounts
  • Abusing drugs
  • Has a physical or mental impairment
  • Not practicing pharmacy in a manner that is in the public’s interest
If you do, please give the Texas Pharmacy Association’s Professional Recovery Network (PRN) an opportunity to help. All calls are kept strictly confidential.
For information, visit the PRN website HERE or call the toll free Help Line:
1 (800) 727-5152

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Upcoming Events

February 5, 2019
9 am, Board Business Meeting

May 7, 2019
9 am, Board Business Meeting

Board meeting agendas can always be found on our website here as each meeting date approaches and the agenda becomes available.
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