Senate gives final OK to revision of pharmacy operating practices

The Alabama Senate gave the final approval Wednesday, May 17, to legislation that will revise pharmacy operating practices under the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. If the governor signs it into law, HB170 by Rep. Elaine Beech, D-Chatom, would be effective Aug. 1. The Senate companion was SB225 by Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton.

The legislation clarifies that a pharmacist is a health care provider, sets qualifications for a laboratory, increases some maximum pharmacy permit fees, increases frequency of registration for chain pharmacies from every two years to annually, adds more businesses in the supply chain to the list of those required to register, deals with shipping of legend drugs, sets discipline for fraudulently registered pharmacists and revises pharmacy tech requirements along with other changes.

Forty-nine states consider a pharmacist a health care provider,” Beech told her colleagues, adding that her legislation would make it 50 states.

The bill retains the current fee rate for a new pharmacy permit of not less than $100 and no more than $200. It also maintains the renewal rate of not less than $50 and no more than $150.

Other fees would see an increase under the Pharmacy Board supported bill. It increases the maximum fee for out-of-state renewals from $150 to $750. The fiscal note says that change could increase receipts to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy by $358,000 every two years.

In addition, the bill would increase the permit fee for new out-of-state pharmacies from a minimum of $100 to a minimum of $750 and from a maximum of $200 to a maximum of $2,000. The fee to transfer ownership would go from a minimum of $50 to $150 and the maximum from $150 to $500.

The bill would add new licensees – including packager, third-party logistic provider, private-label distributor and pharmacy businesses identified in the supply chain –  to those that must be licensed by the board.

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