Issue Date: March 17, 2017
Volume 44• Issue 6 • Page 335
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
Subtitle 34 BOARD OF PHARMACY
10.34.18 Continuing Education for Pharmacists
Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§12-205 and 12-309, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 10.34.18 Continuing Education for Pharmacists. This action was considered by the Board of Pharmacy at a public meeting held November 16, 2016, notice of which was given by publication on the Board of Pharmacy website, http://dhmh.maryland.gov/pharmacy/SitePages/Home.aspx, from October 19, 2016 ― November 16, 2016, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to allow licensed pharmacists to take a class in opioid dispensing to satisfy their continuing education requirement for license renewal.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
The proposed action has no economic impact.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through April 17, 2017. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
.03 Requirements for Pharmacists Practicing in Maryland.
A.—B. (text unchanged
C. CE Requirements.
(1) A pharmacist licensed to practice in Maryland applying for renewal shall:
(a) Earn 30 hours of approved CE within the 2-year period immediately preceding the license expiration date that include:
(i) 1 hour on the topic of preventing medication errors, such as appropriate dispensing of opioids; and
(ii) (text unchanged)
(b)—(c) (text unchanged)
(2) (text unchanged)
DENNIS R. SCHRADER
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene