WSR 08-19-024

EXPEDITED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed September 8, 2008, 1:05 p.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-869-180 Physical standards for pharmacies -- Adequate equipment.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Doreen E. Beebe, Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863 , AND RECEIVED BY November 17, 2008.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed amendment is necessary to clarify the rule, which is to ensure that pharmacies have access to up-to-date copies of Washington statutes and rules governing the practice of pharmacy.

RCW 34.05.353 (1)(c) allows the use of expedited rule making to clarify language of a rule without changing its effect.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Access to current Washington state statutes and rules are readily available through multiple sources. The board has not produced printed copies of laws and rules applicable to pharmacy practice since the 2003 edition. The board provides the law book in compact disc and on-line links to the RCWs and WACs. These sources provide the most current versions of the statutes and rules and give pharmacies and pharmacists the option to print hardcopies of up-to-date references.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.64.005.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.64.005.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of health, board of pharmacy, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Doreen Beebe, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4834.

August 1, 2008

Doreen E. Beebe

Program Manager

OTS-1720.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 191B, filed 8/30/91, effective 9/30/91)

WAC 246-869-180   Physical standards for pharmacies -- Adequate equipment.   (1) All pharmacies shall have in their possession the equipment and supplies necessary to compound, dispense, label, administer and distribute drugs and devices. The equipment shall be in good repair and shall be available in sufficient quantity to meet the needs of the practice of pharmacy conducted therein.

(2) All pharmacies will have in their possession((:

(a))) one up-to-date copy of the state of Washington statutes((,)) and rules ((and regulations)) governing the practice of pharmacy, the sale and dispensing of drugs, poisons, controlled substances, and medicines ((maintained in a binder)). Electronic or on-line versions are acceptable.

(3) All pharmacies shall have up-to-date references in order for the pharmacist(s) to furnish patients and practitioners with information concerning drugs.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005 and chapter 18.64A RCW. 91-18-057 (Order 191B), recodified as 246-869-180, filed 8/30/91, effective 9/30/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.64.005. 85-11-066 (Order 194), 360-16-230, filed 5/21/85; 84-03-015 (Order 180), 360-16-230, filed 1/9/84; Order 131, 360-16-230, filed 2/4/77; Order 118, 360-16-230, filed 1/2/74; Order 51 (part), filed 8/15/67.]

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