The mission of KPhA is to advocate and advance the pharmacy profession to improve the health of Kentuckians.


KPhA Participates in KY Board of Pharmacy Retreat

KPhA staff and leadership wrapped up an intense two-days of policymaking during last week's Board of Pharmacy (KYBOP) Retreat and subsequential Meeting. We take great pride in representing our profession, and it is always our top priority to serve our members' best interests. A brief review is below:
  1. After hearing KPhA's workplace committee report, the Board addressed pharmacy workplace conditions and voted to approve a regulation that further clarifies unprofessional conduct of a pharmacy permit holder. The regulation requires meal and rest periods as requested by pharmacy personnel and outlines the requirements for permit holders to provide adequate resources for pharmacists to safely complete professional duties.
  2. The Board's Pharmacy Technician Committee presented recommendations on creating an Advanced Registered Pharmacy Technician. After significant discussion, the Board directed staff to draft proposed regulation changes to be further discussed at a later meeting. The proposed regulations would allow the newly established Advanced Registered Technicians to take a new verbal order or clarify an order from the prescriber, transfer prescriptions, and assist in point-of-care testing.
  3. Earlier this year, the Board voted to require pharmacists to complete 1 hour of CE related to substance use disorder or the opioid epidemic annually for licensing years 2023-2028. KPhA has a standing policy position to oppose any specific CE requirements and filed official comments to oppose the regulation. The Board addressed our comments, as required by law, and decided to deny our request for reconsideration stating that they felt the education to be necessary for all pharmacists in Kentucky. Although this is not our desired outcome, KPhA will ensure Kentucky pharmacists have access to the required education as part of our free CE offerings to KPhA members.
  4. Much discussion was had regarding regulations involving remote work and central fill pharmacies.  Although no official action was taken, the most substantial proposed change is the ability for a central fill pharmacy to deliver a completed prescription directly to the patient. The board will accept public comments on the matter until August 15th and plans to continue the discussion at the next board meeting. KPhA has not issued an official position on the proposal at this time.



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