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Delegates from the member boards of pharmacy adopted six resolutions during the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) 114th Annual Meeting, held May 5-8, 2018, in Denver, CO. The resolutions addressed the following:

  • Communicating to state legislative and regulatory authorities the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy language pertaining to the implementation and regulation of technology to allow for the appropriate use, innovation, and safeguards that address security and patient safety;
  • Encouraging United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and/or other stakeholders to develop educational information concerning USP Chapter <800> and the appropriate handling of these types of materials to be provided to the patient or caregiver;
  • Collaborating with appropriate stakeholders including, but not limited to, Drug Enforcement Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and electronic prescribing experts, to examine the feasibility of mandating that all prescriptions be transmitted electronically;
  • Convening an interdisciplinary task force to explore considerations for transitioning from strictly prescriptive rule-based regulations to a model that includes a standard of care process, and discussing the necessary tools (eg, peer review committees, enforcement approaches) for boards of pharmacy to make this transition; and
  • Developing an interstate registration system to provide for pharmacists’ participation in interstate dispensing models while maintaining boards of pharmacy jurisdiction to initiate possible administrative proceedings to protect the public health.

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 Publications and Reports section of the NABP website, www.nabp.pharmacy, and will also be published in the forthcoming Special Annual Meeting Issue of Innovations®.

NABP is the independent, international, and impartial Association that assists its state member boards and jurisdictions for the purpose of protecting the public health.