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COVID-19 INFORMATION
Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Board of Pharmacy

Scam Alert

The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has been made aware that some licensees have received fraudulent communications from individuals claiming to be from the Board of Pharmacy, or another agency, such as the DEA. The communications, often by phone, and even by letter may threaten arrest or license suspension, demand personal information, or require the payment of fines. Please note: 

  •   Phone calls may “spoof” appear to be from our number;
  •   If you need to verify the identity of a TN Board of Pharmacy investigator, call 615-253-1299 or email pharmacy.health@tn.gov
  •  The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy will never demand that you provide personally identifying information, such as social security number, date of birth, bank or credit card account numbers over the phone;
  •   These type of licensing scams are a problem nationwide.

 If you believe you are the recipient of a fraudulent communication claiming to be from the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy:

  • Notify TN Board of Pharmacy at 615-253-1299, or email pharmacy.health@tn.gov
  • Report the communication to local law enforcement;
  • The Federal Trade Commission also accepts reports about “Imposter Scams” through the FTC Complaint Assistant, or at 1-877-382-4357. These reports are used to aid ongoing investigations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration also has warned of imposters posing as DEA agents. Information and reporting of these scams can be found at this DEA website

E-Prescribing Waiver Information and Application

T.C.A. 63-1-160  requires that on or after January 1, 2021, any prescription for a Schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substance issued by a prescriber who is authorized by law to prescribe the drug must be issued as an electronic prescription from the person issuing the prescription to a pharmacy.

A health care prescriber that is unable to comply with the electronic prescription requirement for a Schedule II, III, IV or V prior to January 1, 2021, may apply for a waiver from the requirement based on economic hardship or technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the health care prescriber or other exceptional circumstance demonstrated by the health care prescriber.

The granting of this application provides a waiver from the electronic prescription requirement and is effective from January 1, 2022 until December 31, 2022. There is no fee for this application. Health care prescribers will be notified via the email address provided by the health care prescriber of the Commissioner’s approval or denial of the waiver request. The application for waiver can be found at:

Please complete the electronic fillable form below and ensure your contact information and reason for requesting the waiver are filled in. Once you hit submit, you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Once you verify your email address you will receive a second email confirming receipt of your waiver. 

The Board also enacts rules addressing professional conduct and standards of practice. Our purpose is to ensure that the pharmacists of Tennessee are providing competent pharmaceutical care in accordance with state and federal laws. To that end, we determine the competency of graduates of recognized schools or colleges of pharmacy applying for licensure, ensure compliance with the Pharmacy Law, and take disciplinary action and conduct hearings when appropriate.

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Tennesssee Board of Pharmacy
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243 

We have received a number of questions from our sterile compounders concerning the shortages of masks and gowns and other PPE used in sterile compounding.  We have provided the link below is from Critical Point and gives some guidance and informed recommendations as to how to deal with these shortages. Keep in mind these are opinions of experts that are based in sound judgment and common sense but pharmacists should use their professional judgment in each of their practices to make decisions that are based on patient safety and the risks involved with these practices. It is important during this time we keep our patients at the forefront of all our practices and make decisions based June 30, 2020, upon that premise.  Be safe and protect yourself and your patients.

Tennessee Board of Pharmacy

https://peernetwork.criticalpoint.info/storage/files/COVID-19%20Garbing%20Shortage%20Recommendations%2020200313.pdf 
Compounding Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic  

Statement of Authorization:

HHS statement:

This authorization preempts any state and local law that prohibits or effectively prohibits those who satisfy these requirements from administering COVID-19 or routine childhood vaccines as set forth. It does not preempt state and local laws that permit additional individuals to administer COVID-19 or routine childhood vaccines to additional persons.

BOARD OF PHARMACY statement:

The Board recognizes the need for widespread immunizations during the state of emergency and recognizes that pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacy interns may play a vital role in the administration of vaccines due to their education and accessibility to patients. While current Board rules do not allow for technicians to administer vaccines, the Board endorses the HHS guidance for the PREP Act during the public health emergency and would not seek to discipline individuals who comply with all requirements of the guidance as set forth. Investigators will monitor all participants for compliance with stated HHS requirements in the interest of patient safety and report any issues on non-compliance.

                       


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Health Professional Boards

The mission of each board is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice health care professions within this state to be qualified.