Once again, thank you to many of you who carpooled to Sacramento on March 5th for the 2014 CALIFORNIA PHARMACY LEGISLATIVE DAY.
A special thank you to our local Chapter Advisors and Board Members Rosalie McIroy, Chet Yee, Victor Moye, Bob Schiedtmann, Anne Fisher, Drew Donovan, and Bill Becker.
The Legislative Day was co-sponsored by California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the California Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP). The morning speakers included the spokespersons for the CPhA, and CSHP, the Director of the California Board of Pharmacy Virginia Harold, and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla.
We learned that the FDA is working on national regulations for sterile compounding pharmacies (including yearly inspections). We also learned that a crushable hydrocodone medication has come out this week that will probably be highly abused and sought after by addicts.
In the afternoon, we talked to the staff members of 4 legislators, including Assemblymen Rich Gordon and Kevin Mullin, Senators Leland Yee and Jerry Hill. Three leaders of CSHP were with our group.
We talked about the following topics:
- 1. Thanking them for making SB493 a law. Pharmacists will be able to write rxs for travel meds, smoking cessation products, certain hormones, perform immunizations under certain protocols and certification, and order and interpret tests that measure efficiency of drug therapies.
- 2. The modernization of Title 22 regulations that now restrict the use of pharmacy technicians in hospitals.
- 3. The proposed change of Naloxone to an OTC status in California... This will stop an overdose of opioids and save lives. It is doing this in San Francisco right now.
- 4. AB 2418 - This bill, by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla would more easily allow patients to opt out of a mandatory mail order program and get the rxs from a community pharmacy. It would also allow early refills for eye medications.