WSR 06-11-163



(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed May 24, 2006, 9:09 a.m. ]

Continuance of WSR 06-10-082.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The purpose of the continuance is to notify the public of a CHANGE IN THE LOCATION of the rules hearing and to CORRECT THE E-MAIL AND MAILING ADDRESS for submitting written comment.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501, on July 20, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 20, 2006.

Submit Written Comments to: Tim Fuller, P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4359, by July 19, 2006.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Doreen Beebe, (360) 236-4834, by July 5, 2006, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule will create new chapter, chapter 246-972 WAC, regarding automated drug distribution devices. It will set standards for the use of these devices for hospitals and healthcare facilities, which the current rules do not. In addition, they will provide standards that will improve medication safety, appropriate access to medications, and accountability, particularly for controlled substances. The current rule WAC 246-869-102 Mechanical devices in hospitals, applies to devices that are not available. For the few devices in use, the mechanical device rule will remain in place.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have purchased automated drug distribution devices to store and distribute medications. To protect and improve public health, the board of pharmacy establishes protocols to ensure that automated drug distribution devices meet appropriate standards for drug storage, security, distribution, and accountability.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.64.005.

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

Name of Proponent: , governmental.

May 23, 2006

Steven Saxe

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office