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State Board of Pharmacy Update By Liz MacMenamin

The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy conducted the most recent meeting via teleconference on June 3, 2020. All board members were in attendance, and the public was made aware of the conference line through their website and postings of the public meeting.

The board only had one regulation to consider during public hearing. The regulation, LCB File No. R008-20, is an adoption of the federal guidelines for prescribing and dispensing drugs for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases without a medical examination or “existing doctor/patient relationship” with the sexual partner of the person diagnosed with such an infection. The board unanimously adopted this regulation. This will now go to the next hearing of the Legislative Commission to be adopted as law.

The following is proposed regulation language for consideration. This was heard during the workshop portion of the meeting and may be of interest to RAN members:

Amendment to Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 639: This amendment establishes new requirements for licensing and regulation of “recovery centers” to dispense controlled substances and dangerous drugs. There was discussion and suggestions by representatives from the recovery centers with the board adopting their suggestions. The language was approved and will move forward after determining if the state required fee schedule is in accordance with the federal requirements.

Amendment to NAC 639 and 453: This language is setting forth the requirements and the waiver process for electronic prescribing requirement adopted as law in Assembly Bill 310 of the 2019 Legislative Session. AB 310 requires all controlled substance prescriptions be transmitted electronically unless a waiver has been granted by the State Board of Pharmacy. This requirement is effective January 1, 2021. This waiver can be obtained by the prescriber from the Board of Pharmacy. The waiver process will certify that the practitioner is exempt from this procedure. This language was approved and will now move to a public hearing,

For a complete listing of all regulations and proposed language heard during the meeting you may visit the board website at https://bop.nv.gov/. The next meeting of the board will be an in-person meeting to be held in Las Vegas on July 15th and 16th at the Hilton Garden Inn.