Heavy Phone Call Volume at The California State Board of Pharmacy Office
According to an email sent by the Board (dated July 22, 2019):
“The Board of Pharmacy is currently experiencing heavy call volume. If you are not able to reach staff by phone, please email us. Visit the Contact Us page on the board’s website, www.pharmacy.ca.gov., for an email address related to your concern.
The board’s main phone number is (916) 518-3100. Staff is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
“DHL Supply Chain, the Americas leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is expanding its pharmaceutical and medical device distribution network by 40 percent this year with an investment of $150 million. With the ultimate goal of bringing critical healthcare products closer to trade partners and patients, DHL Supply Chain plans for nine new sites by the end of 2019. The investment includes costs to invest in new buildings and technology, as well as the fit-out and start-up of new or expanded operations.”
“Supply chain theft is estimated at $35-40 billion per year in the US, and today’s threats to the commercial supply chain are different than those of the past. Logistics companies are perfect targets, and those that aren’t aware of the changes are more likely to fall prey.”
“Brandman discussed why theft-related loss is getting worse, and said that the value of the product plus a low risk factor, lax security and an inadequate criminal justice system equals high gain, low risk. Plus, says Brandman, the internet combined with small parcel delivery service make it easy to distribute stolen goods. Thieves – often internal – who work together can result in significant loss to the company.”
The Growing Trend of PBM Track-And-Trace Audits – Frier Levitt
“Pharmacies are being asked [to] provide transaction history, transaction information, and transaction statement, and to maintain such records for not less than six years after the transaction.”
“Pharmacies are expected to ensure that wholesalers provide the aforementioned information at the time of purchase or be in a position to provide this information at the time of a request. Such requests are being made despite pharmacies having purchased from duly, licensed, and verifiable wholesalers.”
To be in full compliance with pharmacy law, refer to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 4059.5(a), which states:
“Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, dangerous drugs or dangerous devices may only be ordered by an entity licensed by the board and shall be delivered to the licensed premises and signed for and received by a pharmacist.” (Emphasis added.)
The California Board of Pharmacy provided this latest update:
“Board staff were advised there have been significant delays in approvals necessary to begin construction within the office space. Based on these delays it is currently anticipated the move will occur in May or June 2019. Board staff continues to work with DCA and the Department of General Services and will continue to provide updates to the Organizational Development committee.”
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Plan ahead if you’re thinking about submitting a California Board of Pharmacy individual license application (e.g., California Designated Representative license).
As of this writing, here’s why:
The holiday season is here
Year-end business processes and activities could get in the way
California Designated Representative license application (wholesaler, 3PL) processing times can take some time. Based on September/October 2018 data, processing times could take anywhere between 13-39 days. If there are application deficiencies, it could add an additional 10-30 days of processing time.
The California Board of Pharmacy office relocation move was originally planned for February 2019, and could be delayed.
In a nutshell, plan ahead if you’re planning to submit a California Designated Representative license application.