SB 590, as introduced, Stone. Pharmacy: intern pharmacists.
Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, establishes the California State Board of Pharmacy within the Department of Consumer Affairs and sets forth its powers and duties over the licensing and regulation of the practice of pharmacies, pharmacists, intern pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. A knowing violation of these provisions is a crime.
Existing law requires an intern pharmacist to complete 1,500 hours of pharmacy practice or intern experience before applying for the pharmacist licensure examination. Existing law authorizes an applicant for examination who has been licensed as a pharmacist in any state for at least one year to submit certification to satisfy the required 1,500 hours or intern experience if that applicant has obtained a minimum of 900 hours of pharmacy practice experience in a pharmacy as a pharmacist.
This bill would instead require, for all applicants, that 900 hours of the 1,500 required pharmacy practice experience include experience in a pharmacy, including experience in both a community and institutional pharmacy practice setting.
Existing law requires the pharmacy practice to comply with the Standards of Curriculum established by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or with regulations adopted by the board. Existing law requires an intern pharmacist to submit proof of his or her experience under penalty of perjury.
This bill would require that an applicant for the licensure examination who has graduated after January 1, 2016, from an ACPE-approved college of pharmacy or department of pharmacy of a university recognized by the board, be deemed by the board to have satisfied the 1,500 hours of pharmacy practice experience.
By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 4209 of the Business and Professions
2Code is amended to read:
(a) (1) An intern pharmacist shall complete 1,500 hours
4of pharmacy practice before applying for the pharmacist
6(2) This pharmacy practice shall comply with the
7Standards of Curriculum established by the Accreditation Council
8for Pharmacy Education or with regulations adopted by
14(b) An intern pharmacist shall submit proof of his or her
15 experience on board-approved affidavits, or
16another form specified by the board, which shall be certified under
17penalty of perjury by a pharmacist under whose supervision
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18 experience was obtained or by the pharmacist-in-charge at the
19pharmacy while the pharmacist intern obtained the experience.
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21may be certified by the licensing agency of that state to document
22proof of those hours.
P3 1(c) An applicant for the examination who has been licensed as
2a pharmacist in any state for at least one year, as certified by the
3licensing agency of that state, may submit this certification to
4satisfy the required 1,500 hours of
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5 experience, provided that the applicant has obtained a minimum
6of 900 hours of pharmacy practice experience in a pharmacy as a
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9 Certification of an applicant’s licensure in another state shall be
10submitted in writing and signed, under oath, by a duly authorized
11official of the state in which the license is held.
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
18Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
19the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
20district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
21infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
22for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
23the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
24the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
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