Act 651 of 2012 Legislature ~ Pharmacist Immunizations in Health Professional Shortage Areas
The legislature expanded the authority for qualified pharmacists to administer certain immunizations without prescriptions or medical orders, but only within federally recognized Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). This guidance document provides information on how to determine whether your pharmacy is located within a HPSA, and if so, which immunizations may be provided without a prescription or medical order.
Act 287 of 2010 Legislature & Pharmacist Immunization Recordkeeping
The legislature has authorized qualified pharmacists to administer certain immunizations without the necessity of a prescription or medical order. In response to questions relative to recordkeeping of such activities from several pharmacists and pharmacies, the Board adopted a guidance statement.
Medication Disposal Programs
For those pharmacies interested in participating in medication disposal programs, the Board recently adopted this guidance document, describing pre-announced community events and ongoing pharmacy programs.
Prescribers with Authority for Controlled Substances
This summary document describes all practitioners with prescriptive authority for controlled substances, as well as limitations for certain types of prescribers.
For those pharmacies submitting claims related to workers' compensation, a rule published in March 2012 requires the 'pharmacist's ID' as one of the minimum required data elements in the claim. In response to mulitple questions from pharmacies, the Workforce Commission issued a bulletin clarifying that term to mean the pharmacy's National Provider Identification (NPI) number. A copy of the bulletin is available here.
Verification of Licensure Status of Other Practitioners
> Physicians, podiatrists, physician assistants, and medical psychologists are licensed and regulated by the La. State Board of Medical Examiners. You can verify the status of any license issued by that Board at their website, at www.lsbme.la.gov, or by clicking here for their verification module.
> Dentists are licensed and regulated by the La. State Board of Dentistry. You can verify the status of any license issued by that Board at their website, at www.lsbd.org, or by clicking here for their verification module.
> Advanced practice registered nurses are licensed and regulated by the La. State Board of Nursing. You can verify the status of any license issued by that Board at their website, at www.lsbn.state.la.us, or by clicking here for their verification module.
> Optometrists are licensed and regulated by the La. State Board of Optometry Examiners. That Board does not offer licensure verification at its website at www.laoptometryboard.com, but their office telephone number is 318.335.2989.
> Veterinarians are licensed and regulated by the La. Board of Veterinary Medicine. That Board does not offer licensure verification at its website at www.lsbvm.org, but their office telephone number is 225.342.2176.
Compliance Policy Guides (CPG)
Compliance policy guides do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, these documents describe the Board's current thinking on the topic described in the title and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific statutory or regulatory requirements are cited. You may use an alternative approach for compliance if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable laws or rules.
05-01-2009 Buprenorphine in Treatment of Opiate Addiction [replaces 12-31-2005 edition]
10-15-2008 Medication Guides (MedGuides®) [replaces 03-01-2006 edition]
Act 287 of 2010 Legislature ~ Pharmacist Administration of Influenza Immunization
For those pharmacists in possession of the necessary credentials to administer influenza immunization, the Board adopted a guidance statement during their August 11, 2010 meeting.