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E-Commerce Applications Outage

To accommodate the deployment of a new system, the Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development is scheduling an outage for all e-Commerce applications from November 30 at 5PM until December 1 at 7AM

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The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices are closed to the public at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.

Board of Pharmacy

New License Type FAQs

To find answers to common questions regarding outsourcing facilities, third-party logistics providers (3PLs), and non-resident wholesale drug distributors, please view this New License Types FAQs document.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the requirements for changes of name, physical location, ownership, pharmacist-in-charge, or facility manager? (This question only applies to pharmacies, wholesale drug distributors, outsourcing facilities, and third-party logistics providers).

For pharmacies, a new and separate application is required if there is a change of DBA name, ownership (parent/direct), or physical location. A new application is not required for a change in pharmacist-in-charge; however, a notification of this change is required within 10 days using form #08-4064.

For wholesale drug distributors undergoing a change in physical location, ownership, or facility manager, the new facility manager must submit a notification of change in manager using form #08-4064. The facility manager must also submit a completed fingerprint card and resumes of all officers, directors, or primary stakeholders. These must be submitted within 30 days of the change(s).

For outsourcing facilities and third-party logistics providers undergoing a change in name, physical location, ownership, or facility manager, a new and separate application is required. If the change involves a change in facility manager, an incoming and ongoing notice of this change must accompany the application using forms #08-4064 and #08-4285. The change in facility manager notification must be submitted within 10 days.

How does a change of name, physical location, ownership, pharmacist-in-charge, or facility manager affect our ability to renew?

Unless a timeframe is specified (e.g.: 30 days for wholesale drug distributor changes), the license or registration is not eligible for renewal. If a timeframe is specified, it may be renewed. Here is an acceptable scenario: for a wholesale drug distributor that has changed its location on December 15 and submitted a renewal application on December 31, the existing license could be renewed on January 1 even though the address is no longer correct because the regulation allows for 30 days, in this example until January 14, to submit the notice of change documents.

Can pharmacy technicians work remotely from home for a pharmacist who is physically present in the pharmacy?

No. A pharmacy technician must work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist in accordance with 12 AAC 52.230. “Direct supervision” is defined in 12 AAC 52.995(a)(13) and applies only in the context of a telepharmacy system for the remote pharmacy license category.

Do pharmacy delivery drivers need a pharmacy technician license to deliver prescriptions to patients?

So long as the sole purpose and intent of the person used to deliver the prescriptions is to only deliver prescriptions to the patient, they do not need a pharmacy technician license.

Does the board regulate point-of-care testing and/or provide CLIA waivers?

No, the board does not regulate point-of-care testing as these are promulgated by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program. For more information, please visit DHSS' Division of Public Health website.

Where can I find a link to the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of all currently approved interchangeable biological products?

Approved biosimilar and interchangeable products can be found at the FDA's Biosimilar Product Information Webpage.

Does a third-party logistics provider selling or transporting over-the-counter (OTC) medications require a license?

No, the board does not have the authority to regulate the sale of OTC products as explicitly provided in AS 08.80.045. The board only has authority to require a license for third-party logistics providers transporting prescription drugs under AS 08.80.159, so if the products being transported only include OTC products, a license is not required.

Is a reverse distributor receiving controlled substances for the purposes of returning the substances or processing the substances for disposal on behalf of another entity registered by the DEA required to obtain a license?

No, the board does not require a reverse distributor to become licensed in Alaska so long as the facility is not selling or intending to sell the substances.

Does the board require controlled substances to be written on tamper-resistant prescription pads?

While the board does not have this requirement under AS 08.80 or 12 AAC 52, it is recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that written prescriptions be on tamper-resistant script pads. Pharmacies should follow the Medicaid Tamper Resistant Prescription Law, which states that as of April 2, 2008, a prescription must contain at least one of the following measures to be considered tamper resistant: feature designed to prevent unauthorized copying of a completed or blank prescription form; features designed to prevent the modification or removal of information written on the prescription pad; or features designed to prevent the use of counterfeit prescriptions. If in doubt of the legitimacy of the prescription, please communicate with the prescribing practitioner.

Does the board allow dispensing kiosks?

During the board’s November 15, 2019, the board reviewed 12 AAC 52.240, which requires drugs and devices to be kept in the prescription department. According to this regulation, the board opined that automated dispensing cabinets/kiosks would not be allowed.

Can a pharmacy technician participate in the sending and receiving of a non-controlled substance prescription drug order in accordance with 12 AAC 52.500?

During the board’s November 15th, 2019 meeting, the board voted to propose a new section for nationally certified technicians, including the ability for them to engage in the transfer of non-controlled substance prescriptions between two pharmacies per 12 AAC 52.500.

What are the requirements to independently administer vaccines and related emergency medications, and who is authorized to do this? Are there continuing education requirements associated with this?

Pharmacists and pharmacy interns can independently administer immunizations or an epinephrine injection or other medication for the treatment of a severe allergic reaction only after completion of required training accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training. The full list of requirements can be found under AS 08.80.168, 12 AAC 52.992, and 7 AAC 27.650 under the Department of Health and Social Services (see the VacTrAK document here). The independent administration of immunizations or related emergency medications does not require prior board approval. The board also does not require pharmacists or pharmacy interns to submit to our department documentation of successful completion of these courses; however, pharmacists supervising an intern planning to engage in providing immunizations or related emergency medications should use their due diligence to ensure the pharmacy intern has complied with the training requirements. Only pharmacy interns whose supervising pharmacists prescribe the immunization or related emergency medication and otherwise comply with 12 AAC 52.992 can engage in this activity.

Licensees wishing to engage in the continuous administration of immunizations and related emergency medications must participate in one hour of continuing education activity in accordance with 12 AAC 52.320(e)

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