Board of Pharmacy
On August 28th the Governor issued Executive Order No. 59 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to September 30, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations. Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 60 and 61, which extend through September 30 provisions that allow for electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards and remote notarization and witnessing of documents, allowing for implementation of best practices developed during COVID-19 for providing live broadcasts of electronic meetings and safely conducting in-person transactions, respectively, beginning October 1. Executive Order Nos. 59, 60, 61, 63 and 64 may be found at: https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee
The Board also enacts rules addressing professional conduct and standards of practice. Our purpose is to ensure that the pharmacists of Tennessee are providing competent pharmaceutical care in accordance with state and federal laws. To that end, we determine the competency of graduates of recognized schools or colleges of pharmacy applying for licensure, ensure compliance with the Pharmacy Law, and take disciplinary action and conduct hearings when appropriate.
Tennesssee Board of Pharmacy
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
We have received a number of questions from our sterile compounders concerning the shortages of masks and gowns and other PPE used in sterile compounding. We have provided the link below is from Critical Point and gives some guidance and informed recommendations as to how to deal with these shortages. Keep in mind these are opinions of experts that are based in sound judgement and common sense but pharmacists should use their professional judgement in each of their practices to make decisions that are based on patient safety and the risks involved with these practices. It is important during this time we keep our patients at the forefront of all our practices and make decisions based June, 30, 2020 upon that premise. Be safe and protect yourself and your patients.
Tennessee Board of Pharmacy
Compounding Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic
USP Response to Shortages of Garb and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Sterile Compounding During COVID-19 Pandemic
WAIVER OF RULE 1140-03-.01 (1): FACE TO FACE COUNSELING REQUIREMENT
In order to reduce exposure and transmission of the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has waived the requirement for patients to be counseled face to face as stated in Rule 1140-03-.01 (1). Counseling may be provided by a pharmacist by telephone or by other forms of technology or by alternative means. This waiver does NOT remove the requirement to counsel the patient and all efforts should be made to counsel a patient as before and should cover all aspects of counseling required in rule. This waiver will remain in effect through December 31st, 2020 unless the Board extends it beyond this date.
WAIVER OF RULE 1140-14-.12 (2) (a): STOCKING OF ADMs IN LONG TERM CARE SITES
In order to reduce the risk of exposure of patients in Long Term Care sites to the COVID-19 virus with incursion of outside personnel, effective immediately the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy waives the requirement that filling/stocking of all medications in the automated dispensing system shall be completed by a pharmacist or pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. The pharmacist in charge shall designate personnel on site who have sufficient training that shall be responsible for stocking the machines with the medications delivered by the pharmacy to the site. This waiver will remain in effect through December 31st, 2020 unless the Board extends it beyond this date.
Controlled Substances Shipment Reporting
Data Submission for Tennessee-Licensed Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Distributors