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BACKGROUND

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As in other states, pharmacy law in Arkansas consists of statutes and rules/regulations. We present herein the most significant considerations. Occasionally, there is duplication because a topic is covered in both the statutes and is then explained further in the rules/regulations sections. For additional information, explanation, or clarification on any specific subjects, see www.pharmacyboard.arkansas.gov. Then under the headline “Rules & Regulations,” click on Pharmacy Lawbook.

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Optometrists

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In Arkansas, optometrists are allowed to prescribe certain medications related to their practice, and pharmacists may fill these prescriptions.

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Advanced Practice Nurses

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Pharmacists in Arkansas may fill prescriptions written by nurses in this category who have prescriptive authority.

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Pharmacist Restrictions

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In Arkansas, pharmacists may not treat or examine any eye or related conditions, nor may they prescribe or sell prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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Physician Assistant Prescriptions

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PAs (under supervision of a physician) may write prescriptions for noncontrolled legend drugs. In addition to all the required information, the prescription label must include:

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  • PA’s name

  • “PA” after the PA’s name

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The actual prescription must include the above along with:

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  • PA’s DEA #

  • Supervising physician’s name

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Board of Pharmacy

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The board has 8 members who are appointed by the governor. Terms are six years long. Five of them are pharmacists who have practiced for a minimum of 5 years, and are recommended by the State Pharmacists Association.

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A sixth member is also a pharmacist, a minority, and is recommended by the pharmacy sections of the State Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy associations.

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Two additional members are public members—one consumer and one at least 60 years of age. These 2 are appointed from the state at large and are confirmed by the State Senate. Both may vote on board issues, but do not grade pharmacy examinations.

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The board appoints a president and a secretary from their own members.

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The board has authority to develop rules and regulations that are consistent with the statutes.

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With appropriate board authorization, inspectors may conduct pharmacy audits, inspections, etc. for overseeing activities regulated by the board.

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The board may obtain copies of documents, prescriptions, etc., with written authorization.

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In hospitals, records requested must be presented within 2 working days.

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The board may subpoena records.

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Medications Administration Advisory Committee

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This is an advisory group to the board regarding drug administration and new classifications of medications.

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The 5 members are governor appointed. Two are physicians, two are pharmacists, and one is an advanced practice nurse who has a certificate of prescriptive authority. ...

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