The Idaho Pharmacist

Newsletter

P.O. Box 140117, Boise, Idaho 83714-0117

208-424-1107Fax:208-376-3131
Editor:JoAn CondieMarch 2003 Issue

Contained in this issue:
qqPresident’s Message

qqImportant Changes

qqClassified Ads

qqCall for Nominations

qqConvention Info

qqHIPAA Manual Available

qqUpcoming Events

President’s Message………….Stan Gibson, R.Ph.
Well here it is spring! What little winter we had went by way too quickly. I am not a cold weather person but this was too fast even for me. 

As I think about my involvement in the association for the past few years I look back at all we have accomplished and the hard work involved getting it done.The main thing that comes to my mind when I do this is:NONE OF US COULD HAVE DONE IT ALONE!

My self-improvement ‘tape of the month’ is all about teamwork and how a team can get much more done than an individual. I would like to share a few quotes and ideas from this tape and apply it to what has happened in the years past and what must happen in the future.

T-together

E-everyone

A-accomplishes

M-more

One is too small a number to achieve greatness. Again, none of us, alone, could have accomplished what we have as a team.

All players have a place where they add the most value. We all have strengths that we give to the team and we are strengthened by other’s contributions to the team.

As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates. We all know we have great challenges ahead; therefore, teamwork becomes a huge necessity.

Shared values define the team. I think it goes without saying that we all have the best interests of pharmacy at heart and thework we do to that end is very important.

A team has many voices with a single heart. Again we accomplish more when we have the same goals and interests.

I believe that we have a great organization in the ISPA and we work well as a team. In addition to this, I also believe we are complemented by the other organizations we work with such as ISHP, Idaho Retailers, ID State Board of Pharmacy, Id State University, and others.I would like to take this time to thank all of the people and organizations that have worked with us to improve the profession of pharmacy in the past few years and I hope that we can continue our relationships as we fight the battles of the future.

Our most important goal for the future of ISPA, I believe, is to increase participation from more individuals. And, I can tell you from experience, that participation will not come until value is realized. So….it is the job of each of us to inform, invite, and recruit new members into the association.

Thank you all for your hard work and for your interest in the future of pharmacy.Stan

Important Changes To Be Aware Of: (also published in the Idaho Board of Pharmacy newsletter)

1)June has been a pivotal month, allowing pharmacists to use the hours from the convention for either 2003 or 2004 licensure years.Rule 134.05 Amount of Continuing Education.This new subsection will allow pharmacists to carry over hours accrued in June of any given licensing period into the next licensing period to the extent they have excess hours.This rule will take effect at the end of the 2003 legislative session. (Another benefit brought to you by ISPA representation)

2)Rule 458.Time for Filling Prescription will change the time requirement for filling a Schedule II prescription from the seventh (7th) day to the thirtieth (30th) day following the date of issue.This will not go into effect until the end of the 2003 legislative session.

3)Rule 433. Definitions 10.Prescription and Rule 470. Requirement for Prescription Form – Discipline of Practitioners. These changes affected the definition of prescription and outlined the requirements for controlled substance prescription blank forms, as well as discipline to be assessed by the Idaho Board of Pharmacy in the event practitioners fail to follow the requirements of statute and rule with respect to controlled substance prescription blanks.

4)Rule 251.Pharmacy Technicians.This will change the employment requirement for registered technicians, allowing technicians that are enrolled in training courses or acting as volunteers in some settings to work in pharmacies but not have to be formally employed.This rule will go into effect at the end of the 2003 legislative session.

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15% growth each year for last 3 years.

Current sales $950K, assets $300K.

Price of $350K includes 3,000 sf store and real property. 

Call Bill Spofford of Arthur Berry & Co. (208) 535-9905

Wanted: Pharmacistto consult with a hospital one day per quarter.

The purpose is to oversee a rural hospital pharmacy program.

Hospital pharmacy experience required.

Mileage plus a daily stipend of $500.

Please contact Jim Henshaw

Gooding County Memorial Hospital

208-934-4433 ext 105.

ISPA Board Members 2002-2003

President - Stan Gibson(E-mail)[email protected]

President-elect - Cathi Ketterling(E-mail)[email protected]

Board Member - Jeffrey Foster(E-mail)[email protected]

Board Member - Donald Smith(E-mail)[email protected]

Immediate Past President - Lorri Gebo-Shaver(E-mail)[email protected]

Secretary/Treasurer - Paul Cady(E-mail)[email protected]

Technician Rep. - Sandi Hieb(E-mail)[email protected]

Student Rep. - James Williams(E-mail)[email protected]

Convention

June 13-15, 2003

Coeur d’Alene Resort!This will be the 4th year celebrating with Montana and Washington as the Tri-State Convention.With this notice, we are asking you to schedule that weekend so you can spend it with us!!!It is now time for you to submit your nominations for the awards that are presented during the President’s Banquet.

Pharmacist of the Year

Bowl of Hygeia

Sales Representative of the Year

Distinguished Young Pharmacist

50 -Year Pharmacists

Innovative Pharmacy Practice 

Nominating someone is easy.Simply submit names of those you wish to nominate for awards to:[email protected] or 

fax to 208-376-3131 or mail in to:ISPA, P.O. Box 140117, Boise, Idaho83714-0117.

HIPAA—Is Your Pharmacy Ready?

Did you know?

A pharmacy must provide a written notice of its privacy policies to EVERY patient?

A patient must sign a consent form before a pharmacy uses the patient’s protected health information to dispense prescription drugs?

Compliance with HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy rules will require many pharmacies to expend valuable resources on major operational and technological changes.But like any regulation, compliance is not optional and in this case, penalties are severe for violations.

The good news is that pharmacies have until April 14, 2003 to comply with the privacy rules.To assist you, the Idaho State Pharmacy Association (ISPA) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) have teamed up to offer you a HIPAA Privacy Compliance Manual developed specifically for pharmacists and pharmacies.The manual includes summaries and outlines of the privacy requirements and samples of all the necessary forms, policies and procedures.

This 200-page manual is available to ISPA members at a special reduced price of $295 (non-members: $350).The price includes tax, ground shipping and handling.The manual contains:

ØØA comprehensive tool kit that includes both analysis and sample policies;

ØØFree updates to the manual for two years (whenever the HIPAA privacy rules are revised);

ØØA free subscription to NACDS HIPAA Update

Don’t run the risk of being unprepared.Take the time to understand these important privacy rules and to properly educate your staff.For an order form, contact the ISPA office at:208-424-1107 ph;208-376-3131 fax;[email protected] e-mail.

Upcoming Events………

qqAPhA Annual Convention – March 28 – April 1, 2003 * New Orleans, LA

qContinuing Education Program - April 6, 2003 * Templin’s, Post Falls, Idaho

qIdaho State Board of Pharmacy Meeting – April 16, 2003 * Boise, Idaho 

qContinuing Education Program - April 27, 2003 * College of Pharmacy, Pocatello, Idaho

qContinuing Education Program – May 18, 2003 * St. Alphonsus McCleary’s Auditorium * Boise, Idaho

qqTri-State Convention (ISPA’s annual meeting) June 13-15, 2003 * Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 

qISHP Annual Fall Meeting – September 26 – 28, 2003 * Sun Valley, Idaho

***Pharmacy Day – February 12, 2004 * Idaho Capitol, Boise, Id

You were missed!

The Joint Spring Meeting was once again a huge success! The number of attendees was down from recent years, but those attending rated the C.E. excellent.The new Anderson Center, though a little difficult to locate especially for those of us that knew the old Anderson Center, is a wonderful facility for pharmacy workshops.On behalf of the officers and director of ISPA, a heartfelt “Thank You” to the officers and executive director of the Idaho Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the ISU College of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy for their participation.It is the team work that makes this annual C.E. program successful.

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With everything that is going on in our world today, remember to take time for your family and friends.Please say a few words for our leaders.We ask for peace for all!

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