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Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates:Current through July 1, 2011

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Board Specific Updates

Public Chapter 166- Provides that a prescription label for any legend drug for all patients shall contain an indication or indications for which the drug is being prescribed if the indication or indications are requested by the prescriber, patient or patient’s caregiver and the prescriber, patient or caregiver provides the indications to the pharmacist dispensing the drug. 

Public Chapter 201- Provides that pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians are authorized to comply with federal and state prescription requirements, including the requirement for a separate prescription for a Schedule II controlled substance.  The pharmacist, pharmacy intern, and pharmacy technician shall transfer a non-scheduled prescription drug or any prescribed supply from a prescription that contains a Schedule II drug to another prescription form.  The transfer may be accomplished by scanning, photocopying, or transcribing by hand or other means, and shall include all information regarding each drug or supply being transferred.  The prescription generated by the transfer process is not required to be on tamper-resistant prescription paper and shall be recognized as a valid, legal prescription and shall serve as the original prescription for recordkeeping purposes. 

Public Chapter 300- Continues the Board of Pharmacy until June 30, 2011.

Public Chapter 310- Amends the law to allow law enforcement and prosecutorial officials as well as certain personnel from the Department of Mental Health access to the controlled substance monitoring database.  The new law provides that the Board of Pharmacy, through the rulemaking process, shall establish a fee for providing database information to law enforcement.  The new law allows the controlled substance database monitoring committee to examine the database information to identify unusual patterns of prescribing and dispensing of controlled substance for possible referral of dispensers to the dispenser’s licensing board.  The new law also allows members of the General Assembly access to database information that is related to research, statistical analysis, or the education of health care practitioners relative to controlled substances.

Updates Applicable to All Boards

Public Chapter 340 -

Establishes the regulation of pain management clinics by the Department, authorizing the Department to grant, deny, renew and discipline a clinic license. A pain management clinic is defined as a privately-owned facility in which a medical doctor, osteopathic physician, advanced practice nurse and/or physician assistant who provide pain management services. Each pain management clinic must have a medical director who provides onsite supervision. On or before October 1, 2011, the Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Board of Medical Examiners, the Board of Osteopathic Examination, the Board of Nursing, and the Committee on Physician Assistants, shall promulgate rules to implement the law.

Public Chapter 230 -

Provides that each health-related board shall establish a procedure to expedite the issuance of a license, certificate, or permit for an applicant who is certified or licensed in another state to perform the same profession that is the subject of the application; whose spouse is a member of the armed forces; whose spouse is the subject of a military transfer to Tennessee; and who has left employment to accompany the person’s spouse to Tennessee. The procedure shall include issuing the applicant a license, certificate, or permit if the licensure requirements in the other state are substantially equivalent to Tennessee’s requirements or developing a method to authorize the applicant to practice in Tennessee with a temporary permit in accordance with current law (T.C.A. §63-1-142).

Public Chapter 435 -

Provides that any governmental entity or private business or establishment that provides or offers a place of assembly or entertainment, transportation, lodging, dining, educational, medical or leisure activities or services, or any business or any establishment licensed by the State or any political subdivision thereof, or that is engaged in commerce in this State is strongly encouraged to post a sign indicating that certain information regarding the Tennessee human trafficking resource center hotline is in a location within the establishment that is visible to employees and the general public. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development shall provide the sign authorized by this section on its internet website for entities or establishments to print as needed.

Statutes and Rules


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§ Title - Chapter - Part
Pharmacy Practice § 63 - 10 - 201
Board of Pharmacy § 63 - 10 - 301

Once you have entered LexisNexis Law web site, on the left side of the page, next to Tennessee Code, change the plus sign to a negative sign by clicking on the plus sign. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the plus sign next to "More…" again changing the plus sign to a negative sign. Continue scrolling down and click on the plus sign next to Title "XX" you want to preview (For you convenience we have listed some of the most popular Titles and Chapters above). Finally, scroll down and click on the plus sign next to the specific Chapter "XX" you want to preview. Highlight the actual words of that Chapter by clicking on it and the law will displayed on the right side of the page for you to review.

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