Author: Bert McClary, RPh (retired)
The Board of Pharmacy held an additional public session on September 13 in Jefferson City, and the regularly scheduled meeting on October 25 at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
According to the Governor’s Executive Order 17-03, all Missouri administrative rules are being reviewed and the additional session was necessary in order to keep the BOP rule review on schedule. The following rules were among those considered for the first time, and a recommendation was made to open them for further discussion by the Board for possible revisions:
Continuing discussion was held on the following rules from previous meetings:
The BOP proposed legislation for technician registration changes is not a high priority for the Governor’s office as it does not reduce regulatory burden. An alternate proposal that would apply only to hospital pharmacy and hospital clinic sites is being considered by a hospital based group.
The Governor’s Task Force on Boards and Commissions has recommended combining certain health profession boards, but has not recommended combining BOP with any other board. There was discussion of adding a technician member.
The Governor is concerned that rule review meetings are not being held in all parts of the state by all agencies. The Board considered the utility of meeting in other areas of the state for rule review as well as for regularly scheduled meetings to provide more opportunity for public comment. The rule review requirements are causing a significant increase in workload for both Board members and staff, and this is expected to continue for the next couple of years. The Board will also focus on the Governor’s emphasis on timely clearing of investigation cases. The Board currently meets quarterly for open sessions and at least monthly in email and telephone conference meetings. Recommendations for adding an additional open meeting and the meeting schedule for the coming calendar year were discussed.