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 and pharmacist-interns acting under the supervision of a pharmacist 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.

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

DEA Take Back Day

The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back day will be on October 24th, 2020. From DEA: "The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. [...] The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths." Learn more on DEA's website here:
>>DEA Take Back Day

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

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 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

Scam Alert Notice — UPDATE: May 2020

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



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


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

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



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