Ultram® (tramadol) Containing Products Added as Scheduled IV Controlled Substances in North Dakota
Governor Dalrymple signed into law House Bill 1070 which with the emergency clause makes this bill effective immediately. This bill adds tramadol and tramadol containing products as schedule IV substances.
Processing prescriptions for tramadol will now fall under the same state law requirements as other controlled substances. It is important to communicate this with the practitioners and patients whose prescriptions may be effected by the law change to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
North Dakota pharmacies must take and file an initial inventory level of these products and ensure they are inventoried upon their scheduled biennial inventory.
Emergency Rule on Spice Cannabinoids and Bath Salts as Schedule I Compounds
Board of Pharmacy held meeting and adopted Emergency Rule on November 30th, 2012
- Facts and Findings of November 30th 2012 Meeting (196 KB PDF)
- Interim Final Emergency Rule (185 KB PDF)
- Full Notice - Amended (209 KB PDF)
- Abbreviated Notice - Amended (128 KB PDF)
- Regulatory Analysis (246 KB PDF)
- Small Entity Economic Impact (266 KB PDF)
- Small Entity Regulatory Analysis (256 KB PDF)
Durable Medical Equipment Licensure for North Dakota
I have recently received many questions about medical supply licensure and durable medical equipment licensure [DME] in North Dakota. This is particularly relevant to the recent bid opening for these items in the new health care reform proposals. Please click here for more information.
A North Dakota Licensed individual, such as a practitioner or allied health professional operating within the scope of their practice act, or a company, including a licensed pharmacy, employing one of those individuals, must be responsible for the provision of the devices and equipment and the North Dakota licensed individuals must be responsible for the care of the patient. To have these DME and supplies paid for by Medicare, suppliers must also fulfill Federal requirements such as:
- Meet the Supplier Standards & Medicare Quality Standards set forth by Medicare;
- Have Current accredited by a CMS approved accrediting body;
- Meet surety bond requirements set forth by CMS; and
- Employ or contract with one of the ND licensed practitioners or allied health professionals to provide/oversee the prescription dispensing of DME and prescribed supplies.
Obtaining a NPLEx Account
If your pharmacy sells ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine over the counter, you will need to request access to the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) by visiting www.NPLExSurvey.com. Please click on the appropriate state and complete the survey for an NPLEx account. Once your account has been verified, you will be contacted by Appriss, provider of NPLEx, to inform you of next steps.
DEA Issues Statement on Role of Authorized Agents in Communicating Controlled Substance Prescriptions to Pharmacies
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a statement of policy to provide guidance under existing law regarding the proper role of a duly authorized agent of a DEA-registered individual practitioner in connection with the communication of a controlled substance prescription to a pharmacy.
For more information and a sample of the Designated Agent to Communicate Controlled Substance Prescriptions to Pharmacies form, please click here.
NDSU CE Survey
Help NDSU determine what CE programs you would like. Please click here to fill out the survey.
Pharmacy in North Dakota exists as a force in society for the safe, rational, and cost effective use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Through the provision of pharmaceutical care, the profession is responsible for the appropriate use of medications and devices to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes. The profession endeavors to enhance the pharmacist’s ability to provide pharmaceutical care as a primary health care provider and to further the public recognition of the profession value.
Pharmacy is a service profession. The philosophy of pharmaceutical care focuses on the patient as the beneficiary of pharmacists’ activities. The responsible provision of pharmaceutical therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes is intended to improve patient’s quality of life.
Our profession acknowledges and pursues the highest ethical standards in all endeavors. Honesty and integrity guide all interactions with patients, other healthcare practitioners, and the general public.
Our profession requires that pharmacists possess the knowledge and skills to practice pharmacy as contemporarily defined.
A profession that is recognized as primary healthcare provider capable of responding to society’s healthcare needs.