WSR 09-15-061

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed July 10, 2009, 11:51 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-883-020 Identification of legend drugs for purposes of chapter 69.41 RCW.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.64.005 and 69.41.075.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board of pharmacy will consider amendments to the rule to update the "Drug Topics Red Book" (Red Book) edition and purchase options, correct the address for the board of pharmacy (board), and remove outdated information. RCW 69.41.075 requires that the board identify by edition and date a commercial publication to be used to identify legend drugs. A rule amendment will ensure that pharmacists are using the most current resource when identifying drugs requiring a prescription as determined by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Stakeholders will be notified of the rule inquiry via listserv and it will be posted on the board's web page. Stakeholders will be given an opportunity to submit written comments for consideration.

Inquiries may be sent to Doreen Beebe, Board of Pharmacy, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863, or by e-mail to Doreen.Beebe@doh.wa.gov.

July 10, 2009

Doreen E. Beebe

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office