OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6354

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PHARMACY PRACTICE ACT AND PRACTITIONER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE REGISTRATION.

SUMMARY:

This bill changes some of the requirements for licensing pharmacists. It:

1. allows the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) commissioner to determine the exam a pharmacist must pass in order to be licensed;

2. requires applicants to be age 18 when they apply for a license instead of age 18 when they take the exam; and

3. makes the pharmacy license expire biennially rather than annually, and correspondingly increases the renewal fee from $ 60 to $ 120.

The bill also changes some of the requirements for the certificate of registration for controlled substances. It (1) expands the circumstances when an applicant must verify his or her license, (2) adds a factor the DCP commissioner must consider before issuing a certificate, and (3) adds that factor to the list of reasons for taking action against a certificate.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2012

PHARMACIST EXAMINATION

Current law requires license applicants to pass an exam given by the Pharmacy Commission, which must determine its content; subject matter; and the place, time, and date it will be held. The commission must hold the exam at least twice a year and charge a $ 190 fee payable on the date of application. The commissioner must approve the exam's content and subject matter.

In practice, neither the commission nor DCP determine or administer the exam. Instead, applicants must pass the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's test.

The bill conforms the statute to practice by allowing the commissioner to determine the exams a pharmacist must pass to be licensed.

CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

The law currently requires individuals and institutions licensed under the Controlled Substance Registration Act to provide proof of licensure for the commissioner to issue a certificate of registration. The bill extends this requirement to maintaining and renewing the certificate.

It also adds a factor the DCP commissioner must consider when registering an applicant. By law, the commissioner must determine if the registration would be inconsistent with the public interest based on statutory factors, ranging from complying with state and federal laws to adhering to prescribed schedules for administering substances. Under the bill, the DCP commissioner must also consider if any professional license or registration the applicant holds has expired; been suspended, revoked, or surrendered; or had other disciplinary action taken against it.

The bill adds this factor to the list of sufficient causes the commissioner must find to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a registration; place a registration on probation or put conditions on it; and assess a civil penalty up to $ 1,000 for each violation.

COMMITTEE ACTION

General Law Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

17

Nay

0

(03/10/2011)