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Coronavirus Updates:
Visit us at www.pharmacy.texas.gov/coronavirus for news and resources for both
consumers and pharmacy professionals regarding COVID-19


Recent TSBP COVID-19 Highlights
  • Pharmacies must enroll in the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Immunization Program to be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Texas once they are available. Learn more here.
  • Pharmacists are allowed to order and administer immunizations to children 3-18 years of age as authorized by the third amendment to the PREP Act under certain conditions. Learn more here.
  • Pharmacist-interns acting under the supervision of a pharmacist and pharmacy technicians acting under the supervision of a pharmacist are allowed to administer immunizations to children 3-18 years of age, provided that the vaccination is ordered by the supervising pharmacist as authorized by the third amendment to the PREP Act under certain conditions. Learn more here.


On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for all Texas Counties as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. In planning for the agency's response, the health and safety of the public and of our employees is of utmost concern. The offices of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy are open and operational, and we will continue to perform the essential functions of our agency while providing the highest level of service possible. Please note that agency employees are working remotely and our physical office is not open for visitors. The best way to contact the office is by email. A list of agency emails can be found here.




Updates, News & Notices

Compounding Advisory Group to Discuss FDA MOU in June 2021 - Stakeholder Input Requested

The Board discussed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the February 2021 Board meeting and voted to add the MOU to the Compounding Advisory Group agenda at their upcoming meeting in June 2021. The upcoming Compounding Advisory Group meeting will elicit input from stakeholders regarding the MOU, and together with stakeholder input provide a recommendation to the Board for consideration at the August 2021 Board meeting. Compounding Advisory Group schedules and agendas are posted here as they become available:
>>Compounding Advisory Group schedule & agenda information

Scam Alert Notice — UPDATE: February 2021

TSBP continues to receive reports of scams involving individuals impersoning state agency entities. The Texas OAG released a notice May 7, 2020 regarding scammers posing as state agencies to solicit money from consumers. From the release: “There are variations of this scam, such as local law enforcement contacting you with a warrant, agencies asking for donations, back taxes or fines, or asking for your personal information to either confirm innocence or receive a payment. Government agencies do not email or call individuals with financial solicitations. Consumers are advised to keep their personal information private and, if contacted by someone claiming to represent a government agency, go to its official website and find a legitimate phone number to confirm.” Remember that TSBP staff does NOT request your personal information in unsolicited phone calls. TSBP will NEVER request money or bank account information in a phone call. You may report information on telephone scammers to the Texas OAG.
>>Read the Texas OAG Release
>>Learn more about reporting scammers
>>Click here to see an example scam letter

REMINDER: E-Prescribing Required Beginning January 1, 2021

House Bill 2174, 86th Texas Legislature, required that mandatory electronic controlled substances (Schedules II through V) prescribing begin January 1, 2021. Some key highlights for pharmacy professionals regarding this requirement are as follows:
  • The pharmacist is not responsible for ensuring there is a waiver. In addition, there is no requirement of the pharmacist to ensure an appropriate waiver is granted.
  • If the prescription is otherwise valid, the pharmacist can dispense the prescription. A pharmacist may dispense a controlled substance pursuant to an otherwise valid written, oral, or telephonically communicated prescription consistent with the requirements of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
  • TSBP does not have the authority to grant or deny waivers. Waivers are granted by the prescriber’s own licensing agency.
NOTE: Per TSCA 481.0755, veterinarians are exempt from e-prescribing waiver requirements.
>>Read TCSA 481.0755
>>Read TCSA 481.0756

 

New CE Requirements

Several of the bills passed by the 86th Texas Legislature included required continuing education (CE) and a required training course for pharmacists. Pharmacy technicians will also be required to take a new training course. Learn more about these new requirements here:
>>Pharmacist CE Information
>>Technician CE Information

TxPMP.org

Learn more about how the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) can help keep Texans safe via this new PMP resource site created in partnership with Texas Health and Human Services
>>Learn More

 

Mandatory PMP Look-Up

REMINDER: Beginning March 1, 2020, pharmacists and prescribers will be required to check a patient’s Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) history before dispensing or prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol. Visit the Texas PMP home page for additional information and resources:
>>Texas PMP

 

New Fees - Effective May 15, 2020

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has updated its fees effective May 15, 2020. There are no changes to fee totals; only allocations have been updated.
>>Learn More

 

New Certificate Printing Process

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy allows pharmacists, preceptors, interns, technicians, and technician trainees to print a free copy of the initial and renewal license/registration certificates
>>Learn More

Texas Medical Board Issues UPDATED Guidance on Physician Requirements to Check the Texas PMP

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has released an updated guidance statement regarding new physician requirements to check the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) outlined in recent legislation
>>Read the Updated Guidance Statement

 

Hemp & CBD Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has included a resource information page for consumers and retailers regarding hemp and CBD on the DSHS Hemp Program page
>>Learn More

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