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Section 22:

The Board is comprised of 13 members appointed by the Governor. Each member serves a term of 3 years and cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms. The breakdown of the members is as follows:

  • 8 registered pharmacists

    • 2 pharmacists employed in independent pharmacies.

    • 2 pharmacists employed in chain pharmacies.

    • 1 pharmacist at least 7 years of hospital experience in Massachusetts.

    • 1 pharmacist at least 7 years of experience in sterile compounding and still be practicing in sterile compounding.

    • 1 pharmacist 7 years of long-term care experience.

    • 1 pharmacist employed in academia.

  • 1 pharmacy technician with 7 years of experience.

  • 1 representative of the public with health care service experience.

  • 1 physician.

  • 1 registered nurse.

  • 1 expert in patient safety and quality improvement.

Section 23&24:

The Board meets the first Tuesday of December annually to elect the secretary and president. The Board shall then meet the first Tuesday of January, May and October for regular meetings. Any additional meetings are held if needed.

Section 25&25A:

The Board appoint agents responsible for conducting inspections and reporting violations back to the Board. The agents will be trained in USP 795 & 797, the National Formulary, and any additional sterile and non-sterile compounding courses.


Section 24:

If after appropriate fulfillment of qualifications and a passing score on the pharmacy license examinations, an applicant can become registered as a pharmacist. If a candidate fails the MPJE, they must wait 30 days before they can retake the exam. Applicants are allowed a total of five attempts to take the MPJE.

Section 24B ½:

This section discusses the concept of collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM), and collaborative practice agreements as discussed in 247 CMR 16. For a pharmacist to engage in a CDTM, they must have a license in good standing, maintain a $1,000,000 professional liability insurance, have a Pharm.D., or have practiced for at least 5 years, complete 5 additional contact hours in areas the CDTM will focus on, and participate in the medical assistance program administered by the secretary of health and human services. A physician or a physician group may hire a pharmacist for a CDTM for a particular patient; however, a retail pharmacy is not allowed to employ a physician to maintain or enter into a CDTM with a patient.

Section 24E:

Any individual performing as a pharmacy technician who is not registered by the Board to practice as a such can receive a misdemeanor. The individual may have to pay a fine up to $5,000 and face a prison sentence of up to 1 year if they are found guilty of their conviction.

Section 24H:

The Board has created rehabilitation programs for ...

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