Pharmacy: Pharmacy Law: A Brief Introduction

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About Course #Y8042

Start Date: August 3, 2018

Expiration Date: June 18, 2021

Pharmacy is the most regulated profession in healthcare. Beginning with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938, legislation has been enacted to distinguish between prescription and OTC medications and to establish that drugs must be both safe and effective, must be properly labeled, and must be manufactured and stored under sanitary conditions. This course reviews the history and essentials of pharmacy law, focusing on the FDCA and Amendments, along with implications of these laws for practice and patient care today.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with, course #Y8039 Pharmacy Law.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-18-041-H03-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 03 Law

ID 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.

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. Lt. Col. Notturno-Strong teaches Health Policy, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, Leadership, and Pharmacy Law. 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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