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Board of Pharmacy Update
Highlights of the July 2019 Meeting
by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President
The July 9th Meeting of the Board of Pharmacy was held at the Michael A. Bilandic Building at 160 N LaSalle in downtown Chicago. These are the highlights of that meeting.
NABP Annual Meeting - This year’s NABP Annual Meeting was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota with many of the Illinois Board members in attendance. Technology was a major focus of the meeting presentations with much discussion on keeping state pharmacy practice acts up to date with new innovations. USP 800 was also discussed at length along with open conversations related to creating multi-state licensure pacts for pharmacists. Some time was also allocated to expansion of pharmacy technician roles which has been a focus of Illinois’ own Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force. The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in May in Baltimore, MD.
NAPLEX/MPJE Remediation - Nikola Markoski, PGY2 resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital reported to the Board that materials from RxPrep will soon be forthcoming for the purpose of inspection by the Board as a resource for remediation for pharmacist candidates who have failed either the NAPLEX and/or the MPJE three time. Currently programming provided by Ed Rickert, Esq. has been approved as a remediation resource for individuals who have been unsuccessful with the MPJE exam and the RxPrep product could provide a resource for the NAPLEX. The Board will continue to discuss at the September meeting.
Department Update - Manaza Aman, general counsel for the Board, reported that a new Director for the Division of Professional Regulation has been named. The new Director is Cecilia Abundis.
Legislative Update - The update was provided by me and highlighted the 15 bills that passed both chambers of the General Assembly this Spring Session and have been or are awaiting the Governor’s signature. A complete list of pharmacy and health care related bills that have passed may be found on the ICHP website in the Advocacy tab under Pharmacy Practice. In addition, a summary of each can be found there too.
Next Meeting - The next meeting of the Board is set for September 10th at 10:30 am in Chicago. Check the IDFPR Website www.idfpr.com for exact location. Meetings of the Board of Pharmacy are open to the public and pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students are encouraged to attend.