as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 04/16/2018 03:50pm
A bill for an act
relating to health licensing; modifying licensure requirements for certain
pharmacies; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 151.19, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 151.19, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) No person shall operate a
pharmacy without first obtaining a license from the board and paying any applicable fee
specified in section 151.065. The license shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in the
pharmacy for which it is issued and expires on June 30 following the date of issue. It is
unlawful for any person to operate a pharmacy unless the license has been issued to the
person by the board.
(b) Application for a pharmacy license under this section shall be made in a manner
specified by the board.
(c) No license shall be issued or renewed for a pharmacy located within the state unless
the applicant agrees to operate the pharmacy in a manner prescribed by federal and state
law and according to rules adopted by the board. No license shall be issued for a pharmacy
located outside of the state unless the applicant agrees to operate the pharmacy in a manner
prescribed by federal law and, when dispensing medications for residents of this state, the
laws of this state, and Minnesota Rules.
(d) No license shall be issued or renewed for a pharmacy that is required to be licensed
or registered by the state in which it is physically located unless the applicant supplies the
board with proof of such licensure or registration.
(e) The board shall require a separate license for each pharmacy located within the state
and for each pharmacy located outside of the state at which any portion of the dispensing
process occurs for drugs dispensed to residents of this state.
(f) The board shall not issue an initial or renewed license for a pharmacy unless the
pharmacy passes an inspection conducted by an authorized representative of the board. In
the case of a pharmacy located outside of the state, the board may require the applicant to
pay the cost of the inspection, in addition to the license fee in section 151.065, unless the
applicant furnishes the board with a report, issued by the appropriate regulatory agency of
the state in which the facility is located, of an inspection that has occurred within the 24
months immediately preceding receipt of the license application by the board. The board
may deny licensure unless the applicant submits documentation satisfactory to the board
that any deficiencies noted in an inspection report have been corrected.
(g) The board shall not issue an initial or renewed license for a pharmacy located outside
of the state unless the applicant discloses and certifies:
(1) the location, names, and titles of all principal corporate officers and all pharmacists
who are involved in dispensing drugs to residents of this state;
(2) that it maintains its records of drugs dispensed to residents of this state so that the
records are readily retrievable from the records of other drugs dispensed;
(3) that it agrees to cooperate with, and provide information to, the board concerning
matters related to dispensing drugs to residents of this state;
(4) that, during its regular hours of operation, but no less than six days per week, for a
minimum of 40 hours per week, a toll-free telephone service is provided to facilitate
communication between patients in this state and a pharmacist at the pharmacy who has
access to the patients' records; the toll-free number must be disclosed on the label affixed
to each container of drugs dispensed to residents of this state; and
(5) that, upon request of a resident of a long-term care facility located in this state, the
resident's authorized representative, or a contract pharmacy or licensed health care facility
acting on behalf of the resident, the pharmacy will dispense medications prescribed for the
resident in unit-dose packaging or, alternatively, comply with section 151.415, subdivision
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