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Temporary Rule Suspensions - Texas State Board of Pharmacy



NOTICE: Temporary Rule Suspensions Ending September 1, 2021

The temporary suspension of rules found below, with the exception of Board rule 291.33(c)(1)(B)(iii), will be terminated effective September 1, 2021. All affected rules and/or portions of rules will no longer be suspended beginning September 1, 2021.

The suspension of Board rule 291.33(c)(1)(B)(iii) will remain in effect until November 30, 2021 or when the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Read this rule and the terms of the temporary suspension on our website here.



The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended certain rule requirements as outlined below. These temporary suspensions are added as they become available.
For emergency rules, procedures, and non-TSBP rule waivers, visit this page.

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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.

        NOTE: The temporary suspension of 291.33 as noted above will remain in effect until November 30, 2021 or when the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

      §291.36 – The Office of the Governor has temporarily suspended the requirement in §291.36(2) 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.