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Pharmacy Board Website

Pharmacy Law Book

This is my home state and I am very familiar with their state law.  Here is the most important content to learn from their laws and regulations:

Board of Pharmacy

Nine members, 5 are pharmacists and 3 are public members.

Elected by the governor.

Max of two terms served.

MPJE

Requires passing the Arizona MPJE with a score of 75 or better.

Continuing Education Requirement

Thirty hours every two years with at least three hours in pharmacy law

Must retain proof of participation for five years.

Controlled Medications

Schedule 2 medications expire 90 days after issue date and cannot be refilled There is no quantity limit and can be electronically prescriber if they meet DEA requirements for e-scribe.

Schedule 3-4 medications expire six months after issue date and can be refilled five times.  They can be partially filled if the total amount dispensed does not exceed total amount prescriber including refills.  There is no quantity limit and can be electronically prescriber if they meet DEA requirements for e-scribe.

Schedule 5 medications expire one year after issue date and can be refilled as indicated by prescriber.  There is no quantity limit and can be electronically prescriber if they meet DEA requirements for e-scribe.  

Counseling Requirements

Pharmacist (not technician) must offer to counsel patient on all new prescriptions.

Pharmacist must use professional judgment on whether to counsel patient receiving a refill prescription.

Patient or patient representative can refuse counsel.

Each medication counsel must be documented.  Both acceptance and refusal.

Immunization

A pharmacist can administer immunizations or vaccines to adults without a prescription if they meet state board requirements.

A pharmacist can administer immunizations or vaccines to minors thirteen years of age and above without a prescription if they meet state board requirements.

A pharmacist can administer immunizations or vaccines to minors six years of age but less than thirteen years of age with a prescription if they meet state board requirements.

A pharmacist can administer flu vaccine to minors at least three years of age without a prescription.

Intern Hours Requirement before being able to practice as a pharmacist

1500 hours.

License

Renews every two years on October 31st.  You will be assigned an odd or even year based on your license number.

Miscellaneous Notes

State board requires pharmacies to document a Continuous Quality Improvement Program.  The program’s objective is to monitor and prevent quality events.

State board requires drugs dispensed from automated counted cells to be audited once every 90 days.

A pharmacist can fill a new prescription written by a prescriber licensed in a foreign country.  This excludes controlled medications.  Arizona pharmacies usually receive prescription from Canada and Mexico to fill.

Narrow Therapeutic Index (NTI) Drugs

Does not list any NTI drugs that are limited in generic substitution.

Pharmacist/Technician Ratio

None.

Pharmacy Records Requirement

Prescription records are required to be kept for 7 years either via hardcopy or readily retrievable electronically.

Prescribing Authority

Refer to this resource for prescriptive authority of Health Professionals in Arizona.

Prescription Information

Expire one year after issue date with no limit on quantity or refills.

A prescription shall contain the date it was issued, the name and address of the person for whom or owner of the animal for which the drug is ordered, refills authorized, if any, the legibly printed name, address and telephone number of the prescribing medical practitioner, the name, strength, dosage form and quantity of the drug ordered and directions for its use.

A prescription-only drug or a controlled substance that requires a prescription order is deemed to be misbranded if, at any time before dispensing, its label fails to bear the statement "Rx only". A drug to which subsection A of this section does not apply is deemed to be misbranded if, at any time before dispensing, its label bears the caution statement quoted in this subsection.

Prescription needed for Syringes or Needles

No.

State Board Information and Newsletters

NABP Resource.

Technician Duties

Cannot accept new prescriptions or transfer prescription from another pharmacy.

Can complete patient registration, prescription data entry and dispensing medications for pharmacist review.

Can accept refill authorizations from prescriber offices.

Can compound prescriptions under pharmacist supervision after completing compound specific training.

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