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About the Board of Pharmacy

Created in 1893, The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy licenses and registers Pharmacists, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Technicians, Manufacturers/Wholesale/Distributors, Researchers and Medical Service Representatives.

The Board also enacts rules addressing professional conduct and standards of practice. Our purpose is to ensure that the pharmacists of Tennessee are providing competent pharmaceutical care in accordance with state and federal laws. To that end, we determine the competency of graduates of recognized schools or colleges of pharmacy applying for licensure, ensure compliance with the Pharmacy Law, and take disciplinary action and conduct hearings when appropriate.

Our mission is to serve Tennesseans by providing a fair, flexible, and positive regulatory environment for pharmacy related industries. In support of this mission, the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy is committed to:

  • Maintaining public confidence in the integrity of the Pharmacy industry and professions;
  • Establishing policies that protect the public while balancing the interest of the consumers, industries, and professionals;
  • Providing services and information to assist the public in responding to the regulated industry or profession; and,
  • Enhancing the quality of life, health and safety for the citizens of Tennessee.

NOTICE TO ALL LICENSED PHARMACIES REGARDING CHAPTER NUMBER 804 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 2006 AND CHAPTER NUMBER 446 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 2007:

Effective July 1, 2007, all pharmacies licensed by the State of Tennessee Board of Pharmacy shall post a sign(s) in their main public entrance containing the following information:

  1. The statewide toll-free number of the Tennessee Division of Adult Protective Services (APS), 1-888-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366), the number for the local district attorney’s office and a statement that a person of advanced age who may be the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may seek assistance or file a complaint with the APS Division concerning such; and,
  2. A statement that any person, regardless of age, who may be a victim of domestic violence may call the nationwide domestic violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), for immediate assistance, with the hotline number printed in boldface type; and,
  3. A statement that a teen involved in a relationship that includes dating violence may also call the national toll-free domestic violence hotline or the national teen dating abuse helpline, 1-866-331-9474, or the Tennessee Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-356-6767, for immediate assistance.

You may choose to post this information on separate signs or combine it into one sign. Should you choose to post separate signs, the information in Item one (1) must be on a sign no smaller than eleven inches (11”) in width and seventeen inches (17”) in height. The information in Items two (2) and three (3) must be on signs no smaller than eight and one-half inches (8½”) in width and eleven inches (11”) in height.

Should you choose to combine all of this information into one sign, it must be at least eight and one half inches (8½”) in width and fourteen inches (14”) in height.

Toll-Free Hotline Numbers Sign

Contact the Board of Pharmacy

Tennessee Department of Health
Health Related Boards
Tennessee Board of Pharmacy
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2718
Fax: (615) 741-2722

Members


Board Members

Member Position Representation Term Expires

Charles E. (Buddy) Stephens, D.Ph.

Member

Pharmacist

7/15/2014

Jason Kizer, D.Ph

President

Pharmacist

7/31/2015

Nina Smothers, D.Ph.

Vice-President

Pharmacist

6/30/2016

Joyce McDaniel

Public Member

Citizen

12/31/2015

Will Bunch, D.Ph.

Member

Pharmacist

7/31/2017

Kevin K. Eidson, Pharm. D.

Member

Pharmacist

7/15/2018

R. Michael Dickenson, D.Ph.

Member

Pharmacist

7/16/2019

Meeting Schedule


Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes Tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter.


Board of Pharmacy Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
January 22-23, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
March 11-12, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Iris Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
May 12, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
May 28-29, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
July 7, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Iris Room 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243
Public Notice
July 29, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room Nashville, TN 37243
Public Notice
July 30-31, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Iris Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
Public Notice
September 10,11, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter
November 5-6, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Iris Room 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter

Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes

Copies of all minutes are maintained in the official record section of the administrative office. Please contact the board administrator to make arrangements to review minutes of meetings held prior to 2004.

Practitioner Profiles

Information Required to be Reported on Practitioner Profiles

To view your current profile, please go to http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/Default.aspx and enter your license number and profession, then click on the Practitioner Profile link.

To make changes to your profile, you can go to http://health.state.tn.us/Downloads/PH-3585.pdf and fill in the changes, print the document and mail to the appropriate board.

The professions required to submit and maintain a practitioner profile questionnaire are:

Advanced Practice Nurses
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Audiologists
Chiropractic Physicians
Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Dentists
Dietitian/Nutritionists
Dispensing Opticians
Electrologists
Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Laboratory Personnel
Marital & Family Therapists
Massage Therapists
Medical Doctors

Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists
Optometrists
Orthopedic Physician Assistants
Osteopathic Physicians
Pharmacists
Physician Assistants
Physical Therapists
Podiatrists
Professional Counselors
Psychologists
Respiratory Care Assistants
Social Workers
Speech Language Pathologists
Veterinarians

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63 Chapter 51 requires the following information to be reported to the Board for dissemination to the public on practitioner profiles:

  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and, as determined by the board, serious misdemeanors, within the most recent ten (10) years. For the purposes of this subsection (a), a person shall be deemed to be convicted of a crime if such person was found or adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. Misdemeanor convictions later expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be stricken from the provider's profile;
  • A description of any final board disciplinary actions within the most recent ten (10) years, which actions shall include final board action as defined by § 4-5-314, and reprimand action taken pursuant to a board practice act;
  • A description of any final disciplinary actions of licensing boards in other states within the most recent ten (10) years;
  • A description of revocation or involuntary restrictions of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character that has been taken by the hospital’s governing body or any other official action of the hospital after procedural due process has been afforded, or the resignation from or nonrenewal of medical staff membership or the restriction orf privileges as a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement or a pending disciplinary case related to competence or character in that hospital, all as taken pursuant to procedures promulgated by the board for licensing health care facilities.  Only cases that have occurred within the most recent ten (10) years shall be disclosed by the department to the public;
  • All medical malpractice court judgments, all medical malpractice arbitration awards in which a payment is awarded to a complaining party and all settlements of medical malpractice claims in which a payment is made to a complaining party beginning with reports for 1998 and each subsequent year; provided, such reports shall not be disseminated beyond the most recent ten-year period, but shall include the most recent ten-year period for which reports have been filed. Each provider licensing board shall set by rule adopted pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, a threshold amount below which judgments or settlements shall not be reportable; provided, such threshold shall, for chapter 6 or 9 of this title licensees, be set at seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), for doctors of chiropractic, regulated pursuant to chapter 4 of this title, be set at fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), for dentists, regulated pursuant to chapter 5 of this title, be set at twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and for all other licensees under this title be set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Dispositions of paid claims shall be reported in a minimum of three (3) graduated categories indicating the level of significance of the award or settlement. Information concerning paid medical malpractice claims shall be put in context by comparing an individual licensee's medical malpractice judgment awards and settlements to the experience of other providers within the same specialty. Information concerning the existence of a court-sealed settlement shall be reported in cases involving such a settlement. Information concerning all settlements shall be accompanied by the following statement: “Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the provider. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.” (Pending malpractice claims shall not be disclosed by a board to the public.);
  • Names of medical schools or professional and training schools and dates of graduation;    
  • Graduate medical education or other graduate-level training;
  • Specialty board certification as determined by the relevant board;
  • Names of the hospitals where the licensee has privileges;
  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • The identification of any translating services that may be available at the licensee's primary practice location;
  • An indication of which managed care plans in which the licensee participates;
  • An indication of TennCare plans in which the licensee participates;
  • Appointments to medical school faculties and indication as to whether a licensee has a responsibility for graduate medical education within the most recent ten (10) years; (optional)
  • Information regarding publications in peer-reviewed medical literature; (optional) and
  • Information regarding professional or community service associations, activities and awards; (optional)

You and Pharmacist


Why Should You Talk to Your Pharmacist?

Each year, up to half of the nearly two billion prescriptions taken in the United States are used improperly. The more you know about the medications you’re taking, the healthier you can be.

Your pharmacist has the education to help keep you informed about your prescriptions. Pharmacists must pass comprehensive licensing exams and complete continuing education requirements every year. Your pharmacist can also work with your health care practitioner to maximize the benefits of your medication.

What Should You Tell Your Pharmacist?

To help you get the greatest benefit from your prescription medications, your pharmacist needs to know the following about you:

  • The names of all prescription and nonprescription medicines you are taking and the conditions for which you take them.
  • If you are allergic to any medicines.
  • If you have experienced side effects or other problems with medicines.
  • If you are or could be pregnant.

What Does the State Board of Pharmacy Do?

Your pharmacist receives information from and is regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy. Your State Board of Pharmacy:

  • Licenses all pharmacists and pharmacies in the state.
  • Inspects all pharmacies located in the state.
  • Enforces regulations and takes disciplinary actions when necessary.
  • Investigates and helps resolve consumer complaints.
  • Promotes education, wellness, and quality of life.
  • Advocates the highest quality of affordable pharmaceutical care.
  • Protects and serves the public health, safety, and welfare of pharmaceutical consumers.

Did You Know?

  • Medication related problems are responsible for an estimated 10 percent of all hospital admissions.
  • More than 23 million Americans age 65 years or older take, on average, between one and six or more prescription medicines each day.
  • Each year, more than 9 million adverse drug reactions occur in older Americans.
  • Studies show that 46 percent of children take their medicines incorrectly.
  • In any two-week period in the United States, 13 million children take a prescription medicine.
  • Seventy-one percent of pharmacy consumers believe it is important for pharmacists to counsel patients about the medicine they take.

Patient Bill of Rights.

You have the right to expect your pharmacist will:

  • Be professionally competent and adhere to accepted standards of pharmacy practice.
  • Treat you with dignity, consistent with professional standards for all patients, regardless of manner of payment, race, sex, age, nationality, religion, disability, or other discriminatory factors.
  • Act in your best interest when making pharmaceutical care decisions.
  • Serve as your advocate for appropriate drug therapy and make reasonable efforts to recommend alternative choices in coordination with your health care providers.
  • Maintain your medical records, keeping them confidential, using them routinely to maximize your care, and making them available to you for review upon request.
  • Provide counseling, using the methods appropriate to your physical, psychological, and intellectual status.
  • Have your prescriptions dispensed and pharmacy services provided at a pharmacy of your choice in an atmosphere which allows for confidential communication and in an environment which is private, properly lighted, well ventilated, and clean.
  • Monitor drug therapy within your medical regimen for safety and efficacy and make reasonable efforts to detect and prevent drug allergies, adverse reactions, contraindications, or inappropriate dosage.
  • Monitor your compliance and proper drug use and institute remedial interventions when necessary. Prominently post the Pharmacy Patients Bill of Rights.