Pharmacy: Texas Pharmacy Law: Texas State Board of Pharmacy 2017 Updates

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About Course #Y8034

Start Date: February 8, 2018

Expiration Date: January 30, 2021

This course introduces Texas pharmacists to the process by which the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) is reviewed for its continued existence and the result of that review. Texas House Bill (H.B.) 2561, also known as the 2017 Texas Sunset Review Bill, resulted from a 2-year review of TSBP. The bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 9, 2017, and became law effective September 1, 2017. H.B. 2561 continues the existence of TSBP for another 12 years, through 2029. Along with continuing the existence of the agency, H.B. 2561 made extensive additions and changes to the Texas Pharmacy Act (2017) and to other state laws that directly affect the practice of pharmacy in Texas. Finally, H.B. 2561 creates a drug donation program for unused prescription drugs. This is the first time Texas has had a drug donation program, and the program will affect pharmacies electing to participate in it. This course reviews the major changes that will be effective in the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year and briefly examines proposed changes affecting pharmacy practice that were not enacted by the legislature.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-18-034-H03-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 03 - Law

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the role of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission as it relates to the continuing existence of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) and identify the frequency with which the Sunset Commission reviews the agency.
  • Identify changes to the Texas Controlled Substances Act, previously under the jurisdiction of the Texas Department of Public Safety but now under the administrative enforcement of TSBP.
  • Identify an authority, previously assumed to be true, regarding pharmacists'; control for dispensing a drug that was codified by House Bill (H.B.) 2561, also known as the 2017 Texas Sunset Review Bill.
  • Outline various changes to the laws, rules, and daily operations of TSBP, Texas pharmacies, and Texas pharmacists created by H.B. 2561.
  • Identify substantive changes to the Texas Health and Safety Code and the Texas Penal Code regarding prescription drugs and controlled substances created by H.B. 2561.

About the Author

E. Paul Holder, KCHS, RPh, MSc, PharmD, FTSHP, currently holds the position of Instructional Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Texas AandM University Rangel College of Pharmacy. Prior to beginning his current position 3 years ago, Dr. Holder spent over 10 years with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), the last 8 and a half years serving as the Assistant Director of Enforcement. One of his major responsibilities with TSBP was overseeing the Pharmacy Compliance Program. In addition to his work with TSBP, Dr. Holder practiced hospital and clinical pharmacy for more than 14 years.

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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