Pharmacy: Pharmacy Law

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About Course #Y8039

Start Date: June 18, 2018

Expiration Date: June 18, 2021

Pharmacy is the most regulated profession in healthcare. Pharmacists need to aware of the development of laws and regulations, and the implications for practice and patient care. Beginning with the Food Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938, legislation has distinguished between prescription and over-the-counter medications; established that drugs must be safe, effective, and properly labeled. The Controlled Substances Act has expanded to allow for electronic prescribing and re-scheduling medications to reflect misuse and abuse. This course provides in depth information on FDCA and CSA while providing an overview of federal laws that affect how pharmacy is practiced.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-18-003-H03-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 03 Law

AZ, IA, ID, MA, NJ, OH, OR and UT - Fulfills your pharmacy law requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the reasons for and provisions of the Federal Food and Drug Act of 1906
  • Explain the differences between an adulterated and a misbranded drug
  • Identify significant Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act amendments affecting pharmacy practice
  • Explain the five classes of controlled substances
  • List the requirements for ordering and dispensing controlled substance medications
  • Describe the implications of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act and the Anabolic Steroids Control Act
  • Identify the effects of federal legislation on pharmacy operations and practice, including the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970, and biosimilars
  • Explain the scope and implications of the Prescription Drug Marketing Act
  • Identify the mandated requirements associated with Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Acts of 1990 and 1993
  • Describe the patient privacy and pharmacy implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

About the Author

Debra A. Notturno-Strong, RPh, MS, MSA is an Associate Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Administration Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy where she has been a member of the faculty since 2011. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Health Sciences and Leadership at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. In addition to her bachelor's degree in Pharmacy, She holds three master's degrees in Business (Central Michigan University), Pharmacy Administration and Health Policy (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). She is a highly decorated Air Force veteran, retired with 23 years of leadership and operational experience in directing high volume Department of Defense healthcare benefit programs and pharmacies.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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