Delegates from the member boards of pharmacy adopted 12 resolutions during the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) 108th Annual Meeting, held May 19-22, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. The resolutions addressed the following:
- Supporting boards of pharmacy in their efforts to require NABP’s standardized model outpatient prescription container label;
- NABP reviewing and revising its standards for the Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors® program to define and address virtual manufacturers and wholesale distributors;
- Educating the public about pharmacist care services and the pharmacist’s role in combating prescription drug misuse and abuse;
- Collaborating with stakeholders to pursue the means by which to reduce or eliminate supply shortages of critical, lifesaving prescription medications and develop effective mechanisms for managing shortages when they occur;
- Evaluating international pharmacy educational programs in consideration of mutual recognition;
- Regulating pharmacy benefit managers;
- Reviewing prescriber dispensing activities and prescriber drug outlets to determine whether and to what extent such activities should be regulated;
- Requesting the opinion of Food and Drug Administration regarding the legality of transferring medications from previously dispensed containers to unit dose packaging in long-term care settings;
- Developing a position statement, model rules, or other appropriate efforts to assist boards of pharmacy in implementing legislatively mandated programs that require the reuse of returned prescription drugs;
- Developing model regulations and processes for mutual recognition addressing the virtual practice of pharmacy across jurisdictions;
- Increasing public awareness of health hazards related to the use of prescription drugs in non-health care settings including, but not limited to, the medical spa industry; and
- A recognition resolution honoring members of the Association who have passed away.
The complete text of the resolutions will be available in the Members section of the NABP Web site, www.nabp.net/members, at the end of May 2012, and will also be published in the forthcoming Special Annual Meeting Issue of the NABP Newsletter.