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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  SB 590
          Author:   Stone (R)
          Amended:  4/22/15  
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE BUS, PROF. & ECON. DEV. COMMITTEE:  9-0, 4/6/15
           AYES:  Hill, Bates, Berryhill, Block, Galgiani, Hernandez,  
            Jackson, Mendoza, Wieckowski

          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8

           SUBJECT:   Pharmacy:  intern pharmacists


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:  This bill clarifies the means by which intern  
          pharmacist applicants for licensure and examination can provide  
          pharmacy practice experience to the Board of Pharmacy.


          Senate Floor Amendments of 4/22/15 are technical.


          ANALYSIS:   


          Existing law:

          1)Establishes the practice of pharmacy and provides for the  
            licensing and regulation of pharmacies and pharmacists by the  
            Board of Pharmacy (Board).  (Business and Professions Code  








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            (BPC)  4000 et seq.)

          2)Defines "intern pharmacist" as a person licensed by the Board  
            for a period of one to six years if he or she is enrolled in a  
            school of pharmacy recognized by the Board, two years if he or  
            she is a graduate of a school of pharmacy recognized by the  
            Board who has applied to become licensed as a pharmacist, two  
            years if he or she is a foreign graduate, or one year if he or  
            she has failed the pharmacist license exam four times and has  
            remained enrolled in a school of pharmacy.  (BPC  4030)

          3)Provides that an intern pharmacist may perform all functions  
            of a pharmacist at the discretion of and under the direct  
            supervision and control of a pharmacist whose license is in  
            good standing with the Board.  Specifies that a pharmacist may  
            not supervise more than two intern pharmacists at any one  
            time.  
          (BPC  4114)

          4)Requires an intern pharmacist to complete 1,500 hours of  
            pharmacy practice that complies with the Standards of  
            Curriculum established by the Accreditation Council for  
            Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or with regulations adopted by the  
            Board before applying for the pharmacist licensure  
            examination.  (BPC  4209)

          5)Requires an intern pharmacist to submit proof of his or her  
            experience on Board-approved affidavits, or another form  
            specified by the Board, which shall be certified under penalty  
            of perjury by a pharmacist under whose supervision such  
            experience was obtained or by the pharmacist-in-charge at the  
            pharmacy while the pharmacist intern obtained the experience.   
            Allows intern hours earned in another state to be certified by  
            the licensing agency of that state to document proof of those  
            hours.  (Id.)  

          6)Authorizes an applicant for the examination who has been  
            licensed as a pharmacist in any state for at least one year,  
            as certified by the licensing agency of that state, to submit  
            the certification above to satisfy the required 1,500 hours of  
            intern experience, provided that the applicant has obtained a  
            minimum of 900 hours of pharmacy practice experience in a  
            pharmacy as a pharmacist.  Provides that certification of an  
            applicant's licensure in another state shall be submitted in  







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            writing and signed, under oath, by a duly authorized official  
            of the state in which the license is held.  (Id.)

          This bill:

          1) Makes clarifying changes by adding "experience" to all  
             references of pharmacy practice required prior to examination  
             and licensure for intern pharmacists and substitutes "intern  
             hours" under current law for "pharmacy practice experience".

          2) Specifies that 900 hours of the pharmacy practice experience  
             required by the Board prior to applying for the pharmacist  
             licensure examination include experience in a pharmacy as a  
             pharmacist in both a community and institutional pharmacy  
             practice setting.

          3) Specifies that 900 hours of the pharmacy practice experience  
             required by the Board for applicants for the pharmacist  
             licensure examination who have been licensed as a pharmacist  
             in any state for at least one year, include experience in a  
             pharmacy as a pharmacist in both a community and  
             institutional pharmacy practice setting.

          4) Provides that an applicant for the pharmacist 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, shall be deemed to  
             have satisfied the required 1500 hours of pharmacy practice  
             experience.

          Background

          Existing law establishes parameters for pharmacy practice  
          experience and how an applicant for a pharmacist license must  
          comply with pharmacy practice requirements while Board  
          regulations provide further specificity on pharmacy practice  
          experience and in what settings the experience is to be  
          obtained.  In 2014, the Board had various discussions and  
          determined it should revise its current process for the  
          reporting of pharmacy practice experience for individuals who  
          graduate from an ACPE school of pharmacy, specifically  
          indicating a desire to accept the PharmD degree from an ACPE  
          accredited school as documentation that an individual has  
          completed the required pharmacy practice experience  







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          requirements. 

          Many student applicants have difficulty providing documentation  
          of professional practice experience to the Board if they have  
          gained experience in several pharmacies and different pharmacy  
          settings as part of their pharmacy practice experience over a  
          three to four year period, due to the requirement that such  
          experience must be documented and signed under penalty of  
          perjury by a pharmacist under whose supervision such experience  
          was obtained (or by another designated pharmacist).  The Author  
          notes, that since all schools of pharmacy recognized by the  
          Board meet the same standards of curriculum (including pharmacy  
          practice experience) as outlined in the Pharmacy Law, the  
          current method of documentation, which can be cumbersome for  
          applicants, does not actually add value to the application  
          process or enhance the Board's consumer protection mandate.
          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   Yes


          SUPPORT:   (4/24/15)


          California Pharmacists Association 


          OPPOSITION:   (4/24/15)


          None received


          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:     The California Pharmacists Association  
          (CPhA) writes in support of this bill, stating that, "Given that  
          each school of pharmacy carefully monitors the pharmacy practice  
          experience of students, the burdensome affidavit requirement is  
          not necessary?It is important to note that the pharmacy practice  
          experience requirements remain unchanged; SB 590 only affects  
          the documentation requirements for this experience."


          Prepared by:Sarah Mason / B., P. & E.D. / (916) 651-4104
          4/24/15 15:45:11








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