PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission)
[Filed August 19, 2020, 11:00 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The pharmacy quality assurance commission (commission) is considering new sections in chapter 246-945 WAC for the implementation of SSB 6526, an act relating to the reuse and donation of unexpired prescription drugs.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.64.005
; and SSB 6526 (chapter 264, Laws of 2020).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SSB 6526 mandates that the commission adopt rules allowing the department of corrections' pharmacy to accept returns of and reuse unexpired prescription drugs. Consequently, there is no alternative to adopting rules. SSB 6526 also permits the commission to adopt rules allowing the safe donation of unexpired prescription drugs including, but not limited to, allowing pharmacy to pharmacy donation of unexpired prescription drugs. For the regulations to be enforceable, they must be in rule.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of corrections; health care authority.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lindsay Trant, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone 360-236-2932, TTY 711, email PharmacyRules@doh.wa.gov.
Additional comments: Interested parties can sign up for notifications regarding the rule-making process by signing up for GovDelivery at the following address https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/subscriber/new.
August 18, 2020
Tim Lynch, PharmD, MS, FABC, FASHP