PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Board of Pharmacy)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Faxing of schedule II prescriptions for patients in long term care facilities; faxing of prescriptions for injectable schedule II substances that are to be compounded by the pharmacist; and repeal the rule that requires a federal order form for schedule I or II controlled substance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 69.50.301, 18.64.005(7) and chapter 248, Laws of 2001 legislature.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules are needed to implement legislation enacted by the 2001 legislature, SSB 5565, chapter 248, Laws of 2001. The rules will make state law consistent with federal rules and will allow pharmacists to provide patients with needed prescriptions in a timely, efficient manner.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Representatives of the DEA will be invited to participate in rule-making process.
Process for Developing New Rule: Public meetings and mailings to interested parties.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa Salmi, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863, Lisa.Salmi@doh.wa.gov, phone (360) 236-4828, fax (360) 586-4359. Interested persons can participate through meetings and by submitting written comments.
June 19, 2001
D. H. Williams