Delegates from the member boards of pharmacy adopted five resolutions during the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) 112th Annual Meeting, held May 14-17, 2016, in San Diego, CA. The resolutions addressed the following:
- Reviewing and defining the practices of “white bagging” and “brown bagging” and recommending, if necessary, regulatory language to the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Model Act) to ensure the accountability and safety of medications dispensed and administered via these methods;
- Encouraging states to increase patient access to naloxone rescue kits through the independent prescriptive authority of a pharmacist and that NABP consider amending the Model Act to enable pharmacists to independently prescribe and dispense naloxone rescue kits;
- Encouraging prescription monitoring programs to provide reports and other analytical information to appropriate prescribers, pharmacists, and other entities to help address the prescription drug abuse epidemic and improve patient care;
- Examining the emerging practice of allowing pharmacy technicians to perform certain functions remotely, outside of the pharmacy and in home settings, and, if necessary, recommending amendments to the Model Act to include registration and other public safety provisions; and
- Reviewing the need for a task force on the development of licensing processes for the practice of telepharmacy.
Additionally, a recognition resolution honoring members of the Association who have passed away was approved.
The complete text of the resolutions will be available in the Members section of the NABP website, www.nabp.net, at the end of May 2016 and will also be published in the forthcoming Special Annual Meeting Issue of Innovations.
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