Board Of Pharmacy To Review Changes Later This Month

HealthBeat

Normally, state government agencies move quickly to change rules or adopt new ones after the Legislature changes South Dakota’s laws.  But that isn’t the case for the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy.

The board has waited more than a year to respond to legislative changes from the 2017 session.

Executive Director Kari Shanard-Koenders takes responsibility.

“I didn’t get around to it until now,” she said Tuesday. “It was just not the priority.”

Shanard-Koenders said her office was focused on getting prescribers and dispensers registered.  Compliance rose to 95 percent this year.  It was 23 percent two years ago.

The Legislature passed a law in 2017 requiring it.

“That was a big project,” she said.

Another change from the Legislature in 2017 was requiring dispensers such as pharmacies to report prescriptions within 24 hours. It previously was weekly.

The state Department of Health hired Shanard-Koenders in mid-2012 to run the board’s prescription drug monitoring program. She moved up to executive director in September 2015.

One of the sets of proposed rules creates a new chapter. It gives the board for the first time an organized way to handle complaints and discipline.

Shanard-Koenders said various directors before her had their own ways.

“I just decided it should be written down,” she said.

She consulted with the state Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners and the state Board of Nursing.

She wants the same process used every time.

“We’re behind in rules, I think,” she said.

She declined to be interviewed on camera.

The hearing is October 23 at 1 p.m. in Sioux Falls at 4001 West Valhalla Boulevard in Suite 202.  Written comments must reach the board by October 20 to be considered.

To read the proposal and related materials, go to the South Dakota Administrative Rules website or the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy website

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