WSR 10-17-091

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed August 17, 2010, 9:01 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-863 WAC, Pharmacists -- Licensing and chapter 246-869 WAC, Pharmacy licensing. The board of pharmacy is considering amending rules to allow additional or alternative procedures that will ensure patients have access to medications when they need them.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.64.005 State board of pharmacy -- Powers and duties.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board of pharmacy is considering rule changes that will promote patient access to medications. The board will evaluate pharmacy practices to improve statewide access and reduce barriers when medications are not readily available.

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. Interested persons can participate in the discussion and potential development of revised rules by attending stakeholder meetings and providing comments on proposed language, which will be sent to interested persons through a listserv. To join the listserv at http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=WSBOP-MEDICATION-ACCESS-RULES. Written comments can be sent to Doreen E. Beebe, Board of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863, e-mail accesstomeds.wsbop@doh.wa.gov, or fax (360) 236-2901.

August 16, 2010

Susan Teil Boyer

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office