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Toolkit: Laws and Regulations

Here is a listing of pertinent laws around medication management and patient care.

 

Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy

Much information about the Board including members, meeting dates, recent notices, online applications, can be found by clicking here.  


Pennsylvania Law

This is a link to the Pharmacy Act, the statue governing Pennsylvania pharmacy and pharmacists. By clicking on this link, you will get to the Laws and Regulations page then please click on the Law link for a pdf of the statute. 

 

Pennsylvania Regulations

This is the link to the current enabling regulations.  Be sure to specifically see Section 27.301 and 302 on Collaborative Practice and Section 27.401 through 407 on Immunizations.

 

Immunizations

- Expanded Immunization Authority

Pharmacists may now provide flu only immunizations for children and youth, ages 9 and up in addition to all immunizations for those over the age of 18.  However, it is critical that your protocol(s) are updated and you are in compliance with some other updates related to this.  For more information click here.

 

- General Immunization Information
For all other immunizations and medication administration, pharmacists may provide these to those individuals older than 18.  The regulation link above provides specific guidance.  However, it is important to note that pharmacists must have a current immunization license.  To apply for a license, click here.
 
- Liability Insurance

Pharmacists must also certify to the State Board of Pharmacy that they maintain at least $1,000,000 in professional liability insurance.

Authorization to Administer Injectable Medications, Biologicals and Immunizations – Certification of Professional Liability Insurance

 
- OSHA Regulation Compliance

Pharmacies providing immunizations must comply with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Requirements. Click here to see the regulations. This includes having an exposure plan and attending OSHA training annually.  For a sample exposure plan, click here. PPA offers this training periodically and is looking at options to make it more readily available.

 
- Reminders regarding CE and CPR

Immunization licenses are renewed every two years with your pharmacist license.  You must have a current CPR certification and have the two-hours of CE in immunizations (PPA regularly offers a variety of courses around immunizations.)  Please note that your CPR certification must be current all the time not just at renewal.  Some CPR courses are valid for one year and some for two years.  To see approved programs, click here.
 

Collaborative Practice

Pennsylvania pharmacists are permitted to enter into Collaborative Practice agreements.  Until recently this was restricted to the Institutional setting.

Click here for a short summary of the Act and Regulations.


- Liability Insurance

Pharmacists participating in Collaborative Practice agreements must submit a form to the State Board of Pharmacy verifying they have $1,000,000 in professional liability insurance. There is a separate form for institutional setting and for the non-institutional setting. Please click here for the PA State Board of Pharmacy webpage which has links for these forms. Scroll down to the listings for Management of Drug Therapy listings.
 

Click here for a short summary of the Act and Regulations.


 

Medicare Part D Information and Specifications

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website contains a great deal of information about the requirements for Part D plans.  Information on the upcoming plan year specifications, plan improvements, Call letters, and more can be found there.

Click here to go to the CMS website.

 

Additional Information

- Search for Practitioner License and Status

If you need to check on another healthcare practitioners’ license status, please use this link for all Pennsylvania licensees.   

 
- Information on Specific Prescribing Authority

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association has developed some helpful charts on allowable prescribing.  These can be found by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of this page.


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