Pharmacy

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Profession Currently Reviewing Items Received
Pharmacists 6/24/2020

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Advisory Notice: Guidance Regarding Temporary Closures of Pharmacies or Temporary Changes in Pharmacy Hours Due to Vandalism, Looting, Fires or Other Damage

As per 8 NYCRR §63.6(a)(5), pharmacies must notify the Board of Pharmacy within 48 hours of the closure by completing the following form. Please send this form to PHARMBD@nysed.gov

If pharmacies need to change their hours, they may do so and then notify the Pharmacy Board Office by sending an email to PHARMBD@nysed.gov

The Pharmacy Board Office also encourages any questions regarding these situations and/or others to be sent directly to PHARMBD@nysed.gov

Additionally, when it is safe to do so, prescriptions, other paper records, and computers that contain confidential and protected health information should be secured. 

Any questions pharmacies may have about protecting the drug supply chain in community pharmacies should be directed to the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement narcotic@health.ny.gov, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov and/or the United Stated Food and Drug Administration 
(1-888-463-6332). 


Advisory Notice: Pharmacy Part III (Compounding) Exam (Postponed from June 2020)

The State Education Department is finalizing plans to offer the Part III pharmacy licensing exam electronically. The tentative date for the exam is August 4, 2020. We are mindful of the need to ensure safety, security, and timeliness. As a result, the exam will be administered via computer and remotely proctored. We estimate that scores will be released within two weeks from the date of exam administration.

The exam will cover the topics required by New York State regulation ("prescription compounding and pharmacy practice"), condensed into a one-day format.

In order to take the August exam, candidates must have registered for the original June 2020 administration and meet all eligibility requirements. The exam vendor will email candidates about the rescheduled exam date within the next few weeks. Please check this website periodically for updates.


Advisory Notice: Automated Dispensing Machines

The New York State Department of Education (Department) has been made aware that pharmacy establishments have installed Automated Dispensing Machines (ADM) that store and provide prescription drugs for sale to customers outside of their respective registered pharmacy areas. The Department considers this to be a violation of state law.

As defined in Education Law §6802(1), a “pharmacy” means any place in which drugs, prescriptions or poisons are possessed for the purpose of compounding, preserving, dispensing or retailing, or in which drugs, prescriptions or poisons are compounded, preserved, dispensed or retailed, or in which such drugs, prescriptions or poisons are by advertising or otherwise offered for sale at retail.

Education Law §6808(1) prohibits an establishment from offering prescriptions drugs for retail sale unless properly registered by the Department as a pharmacy.

Pharmacy establishments located in New York must meet all requirements outlined in Title 8 NYCRR Part 63, Section 63.6.

Pharmacy establishments that operate these ADMs appear to be violating New York State law and may be subject to disciplinary and unprofessional conduct action.

Responsibility for compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to the conduct of a pharmacy is placed upon the ownership of the pharmacy and the Supervising Pharmacist.

Pharmacy refers to the preparation and dispensing of drugs as well as the counseling of patients in the proper use of these drugs.
A professional pharmacist working.

When your pharmacist counsels you about your prescription, the pharmacist may discuss the following information with you:

  • The medicine's name
  • What it is supposed to do
  • When the medicine should be taken and for how long
  • How the medicine should be taken
  • Common side effects
  • Foods, drinks, other medicines, or activities you should avoid while taking the medicine
  • What you should do if you miss a dose
  • How you should store the medicine
  • If there are any refills of the prescription

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Last Updated: June 29, 2020