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Recent Updates
To celebrate National Pharmacy Week, we’d like to share a special message from Texas State Board of Pharmacy President Julie Spier, R.Ph., and Executive Director Tim Tucker, Pharm.D.
▸ Read the message here

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has updated its licensing and renewal fees effective October 1, 2021.
▸ See the new fees here

Governor Abbott has declared a state of disaster in the following counties: Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria.

Timothy Tucker, Pharm.D., Executive Director/Secretary, has authorized pharmacists in Texas to dispense up to a 30-day supply of medication (other than a Schedule II controlled substance) for patients affected in the counties of the disaster area under certain conditions.
▸ Learn more here

The DEA's next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10am to 2pm. This DEA initiative "aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications" (DEA).
▸ Learn more on DEA's website

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) have issued a joint statement regarding prescribed drugs or treatment for COVID-19
▸ Read the joint statement here

The temporary suspension of rules found here on our website will be terminated effective September 1, 2021. All affected rules and/or portions of rules will no longer be suspended beginning September 1, 2021.
▸ See the list of affected rules

Important changes are coming to the Texas PMP that will affect integration and NarxCare for certain users. Learn more on our website:
▸ Important changes to PMP enhancements


Older Updates

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Tim Tucker, Pharm.D., has been selected by the Board to serve as the next Executive Director/Secretary.

Read the full press release here:
▸ Press Release

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy is pleased to partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Dallas Field Division to bring this pharmacy-oriented continuing education program to Texas pharmacy professionals.

The symposium will be held in June 2021 and offers three (3) hours (0.3 CEUs) of CE approved by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for license renewal. This program may be counted toward the requirement of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances as outlined by Board rule 295.8 for pharmacists and toward Texas-specific pharmacy laws or rules for pharmacy technicians per Board rule 297.8.

Visit our annoucement page for details and registration information:
▸ Virtual Pharmacist Opioid Symposium
▸ Symposium FAQs

The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on April 24, 2021 from 10am to 2pm. Learn more about the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, locate collection sites, and access additional resources on DEA's website here:
▸ DEA Take Back Day

TSBP has launched a new podcast to bring you Board news and updates. Listen to our first episode here:
▸ TSBP Talks

TSBP continues to receive reports of scams involving individuals impersonating state agency entities. The most recent scam reports to TSBP indicate instances of telephone scammers spoofing TSBP's phone number so that the calls appear to be originating from TSBP directly. 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 regarding these types of scams
>>Learn more about reporting scammers
>>Click here to see an example scam letter

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

TSBP continues to receive reports of scams involving individuals impersonating 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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