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Temporary Rule Suspensions - Texas State Board of Pharmacy


The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended certain rule requirements as outlined below. These temporary suspensions are added as they become available.
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    Temporary Suspension of Certain Rule Requirements

      Issued April 7, 2020

      §283.5 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement for board approval as a preceptor to supervise a pharmacist-intern performing pharmacist duties of board rule 283.5(a)(1).

      §291.32 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement that only a pharmacist may receive oral prescription drug orders and reduce the orders to writing, and transfer or receive a transfer of original prescription information on behalf of a patient of board rule 291.32(c)(2)(A), (K) to allow these duties to be performed by pharmacy technicians.


      Issued March 27, 2020

      §291.76 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement for a pharmacist to visit an ambulatory surgical center at least once each calendar week of board rule 291.76(c)(1)(B)(xiv).

      §291.151 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement for a pharmacist to visit a freestanding emergency medical care facility at least once each calendar week of board rule 291.151(c)(1)(B)(xiv).

      §295.7 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the expiration dates of pharmacist licenses of board rule §295.7.

      §295.8 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the continuing education requirements for pharmacists of board rule 295.8(a)(1).

      §297.3 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the expiration dates of pharmacy technician registrations and the continuing education and fingerprinting requirements of board rule 297.3(d)(1)-(3).

      §297.5 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the expiration dates of pharmacy technician trainee registrations of board rule 297.5.

      §297.8 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the continuing education requirements for pharmacy technicians of board rule 297.8.


      Issued March 20, 2020

      §291.17 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the annual inventory notarization requirement in §291.17(c)(3).

      §291.33 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.33(c)(1)(B)(iii) to have in-person contact for patient counseling in order to allow patient counseling to be performed by telephonic consultation.

      §291.36 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.36(2) to obtain to obtain an inspection within the last renewal period in order to renew a Class A-S pharmacy license.

      §291.54 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.54(a)(13) to obtain an inspection within the last renewal period in order to renew a Class B pharmacy license.

      §291.77 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.77(2) to obtain an inspection within the last renewal period in order to renew a Class C-S pharmacy license.

      §291.106 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.106(4) to obtain an inspection within the last renewal period in order to renew a Class E-S pharmacy license.

      §291.121 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.121(d)(3), (4)(C)(i) to the extent necessary to expand the pilot program for automated systems in order to allow for remote automated dispensing.

      §295.15 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §295.15(c)(2)(C) to maintain documentation of current certification in American Heart Association's Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health-Care Providers or its equivalent in order to provide immunization or vaccination under written protocol of a physician.