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Massachusetts Releases Draft Plan for Out-of-State Pharmacy Permits
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The Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy recently announced its draft regulations for non-resident pharmacy permits.  Massachusetts is the next-to-last state to require out-of-state pharmacies to obtain permits before shipping prescription drugs to its residents. Following the passage of enabling legislation in 2014, the Board will require:

•    A "Drug Store Store Pharmacy" license is required for any non-resident pharmacy to ship or dispense a controlled substance into the state.

    A separate and additional a non-resident sterile compounding pharmacy license is required to ship or dispense any sterile compounded preparations into the state.
•    A separate and additional non-resident complex non-sterile compounding pharmacy license is required to ship or dispense any complex non-sterile preparations into the state.  

Among the requirements for these licenses is that the applicant provide an inspection report "from a Board approved inspector" that is dated within the past two years. Unknown at this time is whether or not Massachusetts will consider another state's inspectors to be sufficient to meet that "approved" standard.

Although the regulations have not been formally adopted, IACP is reviewing them and recommends that all members who dispense medications to Massachusetts patients review the draft document - please click here - and provide your feedback to us at iacpinfo@iacprx.org.

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