WSR 06-08-104

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed April 5, 2006, 10:32 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-863-XXX Pharmacist responsibilities.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To ensure public safety, rules may be needed to establish enforceable standards or requirements when a pharmacist is presented with a lawful prescription, including whether a pharmacist may refuse to process the prescription for clinical, conscientious, moral, or religious reasons.

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. Parties interested in participating in and receiving additional information in this matter may join an interested parties list at WSBOP-Rules@listserv.wa.gov.

Stakeholder meetings will be held in eastern and western Washington in April. The board of pharmacy will request participation by sending notice of public meetings and soliciting written comments from interested party lists.

Written comments can be sent to Board of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863, fax (360) 586-4359, e-mail WSBOP@doh.wa.gov.

March 31, 2006

Steven Saxe

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office