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LPA: Notice of Rulemaking Activity-Pharmacy Techs, Distribution of Naloxone, CDS Licenses

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  
Posted by: Nicole Turner
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Notice of Rulemaking Activity

 

 

Regulatory Project 2015-9 ~ Pharmacy Technicians
Regulatory Project 2016-4 ~ Standing Orders for Distribution of Naloxone
Regulatory Project 2016-5 ~ Reinstatement of CDS Licenses

 


Project 2015-9 ~ Pharmacy Technicians
Originally issued as an Emergency Rule in November 2015, then re-issued as a revised Emergency Rule in November 2016, the Board now seeks to promulgate the final rule.  The proposed rule makes changes in the qualification requirements for the pharmacy technician certificate issued by the Board, makes minor changes in their continuing education requirements, and a minor change to their scope of practice.  The Board has filed its First Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health & Welfare.  The Notice of Intent is scheduled for publication in the January 20, 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register, and as indicated in that notice, the Board will conduct a public hearing on March 1 to receive comments and testimony on the proposed rule change.

Project 2016-4 ~ Standing Orders for Distribution of Naloxone
Authorized by Act 370 of the 2016 Legislature, the proposed rule will allow pharmacists to distribute naloxone and other opioid antagonists pursuant to non patient-specific standing orders issued by medical practitioners with prescriptive authority for naloxone, in accordance with rules promulgated by the Board.  The Board initially issued the proposed rule as an Emergency Rule in August 2016 and now seeks to promulgate the final rule.  The Board has filed its First Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health & Welfare.  The Notice of Intent is scheduled for publication in the January 20, 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register, and as indicated in that notice, the Board will conduct a public hearing on March 1 to receive comments and testimony on the proposed rule.

Project 2016-5 ~ Reinstatement of CDS Licenses
The proposed rule change affects those medical practitioners whose primary licenses were suspended or revoked by their primary professional licensing agency, which resulted in the subsequent suspension of their CDS license by the Board.  When the primary professional licensing agency restores the primary professional license, the practitioner can then petition the Board to reinstate the CDS license.  The proposed rule change will allow designated Board leadership to waive the necessity of the currently-required administrative hearing and authorize the reinstatement of the CDS license.  Originally issued as an Emergency Rule in November 2016, the Board now seeks to promulgate the final rule.  The Board has filed its First Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health & Welfare.  The Notice of Intent is scheduled for publication in the January 20, 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register, and as indicated in that notice, the Board will conduct a public hearing on March 1 to receive comments and testimony on the proposed rule change.


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