WSR 10-13-108

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Pharmacy)

[ Filed June 18, 2010, 10:35 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-879-060 Unauthorized sales, the board of pharmacy (board) is considering amending the rule to allow an exception for pharmaceutical wholesalers to deliver veterinary drugs directly to livestock farmers under specific circumstances.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.64.005.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: WAC 246-879-060 prohibits pharmaceutical wholesalers from selling prescription drugs to a consumer. Some veterinarians prefer to work with wholesale distributors to deliver bulk pharmaceuticals directly to livestock farmers. The board is considering allowing an exception for wholesalers to distribute bulk drugs for herds directly to livestock farmers, pursuant to an order written by a veterinarian, if the pharmaceutical is to be administered to an animal raised for the purpose of producing an agricultural product that will be sold.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending written comments to Kristin Reichl, Health Systems Quality Assurance, P.O. Box 47850, Olympia, WA 98504-7850, or e-mail to kristin.reichl@doh.wa.gov, or fax (360) 236-4626. Interested persons can participate in the discussion and potential development of new rules by attending stakeholder meetings and providing comments on proposed language, which will be sent to interested persons through a listserv.

June 17, 2010

Susan Teil Boyer

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office