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

Policy & Position Statements

KPhA policy is determined through our House of Delegates procedures. The House of Delegates meets annually at the KPhA Annual Meeting and the KPhA Fall Conference, at the discretion of the Board of Directors and the Speaker of the House, and by vote from delegates if necessary.

A searchable KPhA Policy Manual is available online for members only. Outside entities should contact Angela Gibson for a copy of the entire Policy Manual or Ben Mudd for a position statement on a given topic.

KPhA Position Statements on Current Events

Telepharmacy Position Statement 

KPhA supports the use of telepharmacy technology to provide patients access to a pharmacist's services when such technology benefits the patient and community. KPhA supports using telepharmacy technology when limited to suitable functions of pharmacy operations and patient care that improve patient outcomes, expand access to healthcare, and enhance patient safety when direct on-site pharmacist oversight is unachievable.

Regarding remote dispensing as a specific activity accomplished through the use of telepharmacy technology, KPhA supports the following limitations when the act of dispensing is completed by a certified pharmacy technician under the remote supervision of a pharmacist and not under immediate supervision as defined in KRS 315.010.

Geographical restrictions: A remote dispensing site shall not be authorized if a community retail pharmacy is within 20 miles of the proposed remote dispensing site.                                                            

Supply and Demand: Prior to authorizing the license of a remote dispensing site, the Board of Pharmacy shall consider the availability of pharmacists, the population of the community, and the community's need for the service. A remote dispensing pharmacy may fill a maximum of 125 prescriptions per day over one year on average.

Certified Pharmacy Technician Qualifications: After acquiring certification, a remote dispensing site will be staffed with a certified pharmacy technician with at least 2000 hours of community or dispensing pharmacy technician experience in Kentucky.

Supervision limitations: A pharmacist performing remote supervision shall not supervise more than one (1) remote dispensing site and a "home pharmacy" or affiliated parent company shall not own more than one (1) remote site.

KPhA Policy Position on Medical Marijuana

KPhA neither endorses nor opposes legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly related to the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Instead, KPhA has adopted the following policy position. KPhA supports regulatory changes to facilitate clinical research related to the clinical efficacy and safety associated with the use of cannabis and its various components. Also, KPhA will support pharmacist participation in furnishing cannabis and its various components for medical purposes, including reviewing a patient's complete medication regimen, pursuant to an order from a state-approved qualified and licensed provider if and when, federal, state, or territory laws or regulations permit them to do so. KPhA supports oversight of dispensaries by the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and advocates cannabis furnishing activities transpire within a licensed dispensary, not a licensed pharmacy. KPhA opposes pharmacist involvement in furnishing cannabis and its various components for recreational use.