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Continuing Education/Training

  • All pharmacists must complete one hour of training about immunizations each year to renew their license. Pharmacists, except for those who graduated in the past year, must complete at least fifteen hours (1.5 continuing education units) of continuing education courses sponsored by a recognized provider, annually. At least five hours of those hours must be in a classroom setting. Pharmacists must sign affidavits attesting to the completion of these requirements as part of the license renewal.
  • Certificates of continuing education courses must be retained and safeguarded by each pharmacist for review by the Department, if requested, for two years following the date of completion of the course.
  • In emergency or hardship cases, a licensed pharmacist may apply to the State Pharmacy Board for an exemption from these requirements.

Recommended Best Practices

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Check the program each time you fill a controlled substance prescription to help prevent fraudlent prescriptions from being filled, and identify pharmacy/doctor "shopping".

Reporting

  • Retail Pharmacies must report Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substance prescriptions dispensed to patients, including veterinary patients, to the PDMP within one business day.
  • Institutional Pharmacies must report Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed to patients only on an outpatient basis.
  • Non-Resident Pharmacies must report Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed, mailed or otherwise sent to patients, including veterinary patients, to the PDMP.

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