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Board of Pharmacy Update
Highlights of the May 2020 Meeting

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

The May 12th Board of Pharmacy Meeting was held via conference call due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the highlights of that meeting.

Announcements – A brief description of the revised NABP Annual Meeting was provided by Board Chair, Denise Scarpelli.  The meeting has been reduced to a one-day policy meeting with one delegate representing each member state.  Ms. Scarpelli will represent Illinois. 

Department update - Staff member and Board General Counsel, Munaza Aman provided a review of actions taken by the Department in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Notices of each action appear on the Department’s website.

Legislative Update - Garth Reynolds presented the Legislative Update to the Board and reported that the General Assembly has been suspended and will most likely meet later this month.  Garth requested more action from the Department on relaxing regulations for pharmacists to help them better serve the citizens of Illinois during the pandemic.

Public Comments - During the public comment session of the meeting there was significant discussion regarding licensure of new graduates.  With the limited number of seats available at the testing centers and the very slow response of the contractor for the State of Illinois, there is serious concern for new residents and other new hires being able to work unsupervised. 

Next Meeting – The July 14th Board of Pharmacy meeting will be reported on in the November 2020 KeePosted.  These meetings are open to the public and pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students are encouraged to attend. ■



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