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PHARMACY PRACTICE ACT AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

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House Sponsor: Merlynn T. Newbold

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Pharmacy Practice Act by amending qualifications for a license
             10      as pharmacist, pharmacy intern, and pharmacy technician.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    removes the requirement that if convicted of a felony, an applicant for a license as
             14      pharmacist, pharmacy intern, and pharmacy technician must have completed the
             15      sentence for five or more years prior to the date of filing an application for
             16      licensure; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          58-17b-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             25          58-17b-304, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             26          58-17b-305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             27          58-17b-307, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             28     
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:


             30          Section 1. Section 58-17b-303 is amended to read:
             31           58-17b-303. Qualifications for licensure as a pharmacist.
             32          (1) [Each] An applicant for licensure as a pharmacist shall:
             33          (a) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division;
             34          (b) pay a fee as determined by the department under Section 63J-1-504 ;
             35          (c) produce satisfactory evidence of good moral character as it relates to the applicant's
             36      ability to practice pharmacy;
             37          (d) complete a criminal background check and be free from criminal convictions [as
             38      required by Section 58-17b-307 , or] as described in Section 58-1-501 ;
             39          (e) have no physical or mental condition of a nature which prevents the applicant from
             40      engaging in the practice of pharmacy with reasonable skill, competency, and safety to the
             41      public;
             42          (f) have graduated and received a professional entry degree from a school or college of
             43      pharmacy which is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education;
             44          (g) have completed an internship meeting standards established by division rule made
             45      in collaboration with the board; and
             46          (h) have successfully passed examinations required by division rule made in
             47      collaboration with the board.
             48          (2) [Each] An applicant for licensure as a pharmacist whose pharmacy education was
             49      completed at a foreign pharmacy school shall, in addition to the requirements under
             50      Subsections (1)(a) through (e), (g), and (h), obtain a certification of equivalency from a
             51      credentialing agency required by division rule made in collaboration with the board.
             52          (3) [Each] An applicant for a license by endorsement as a pharmacist under this section
             53      shall:
             54          (a) submit a written application in the form prescribed by the division;
             55          (b) pay the fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-504 ;
             56          (c) be of good moral character as required of applicants for licensure as pharmacists
             57      under Subsection (1);


             58          (d) complete a criminal background check and be free from criminal convictions [as
             59      required by Section 58-17b-307 , or] as [otherwise] described in Section 58-1-501 ;
             60          (e) have no physical or mental condition of a nature which prevents the applicant from
             61      engaging in the practice of pharmacy with reasonable skill, competency, and safety to the
             62      public;
             63          (f) have lawfully practiced as a licensed pharmacist a minimum of 2,000 hours in the
             64      four years immediately preceding the date of application;
             65          (g) produce satisfactory evidence of completing the professional education required
             66      under Subsection (1);
             67          (h) be currently licensed in good standing as a pharmacist in another state, territory, or
             68      possession of the United States;
             69          (i) produce satisfactory evidence that the examination requirements are or were at the
             70      time the license was issued, equal to those of this state; and
             71          (j) pass the jurisprudence examination prescribed by division rule made in
             72      collaboration with the board.
             73          Section 2. Section 58-17b-304 is amended to read:
             74           58-17b-304. Qualifications for licensure of pharmacy intern.
             75          [Each] An applicant for licensure as a pharmacy intern shall:
             76          (1) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division;
             77          (2) pay a fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-504 ;
             78          (3) produce satisfactory evidence of good moral character as it relates to the applicant's
             79      ability to practice pharmacy;
             80          (4) complete a criminal background check and be free from criminal convictions as
             81      [required by Section 58-17b-307 , or as otherwise] described in Section 58-1-501 ;
             82          (5) have no physical or mental condition of a nature which prevents the applicant from
             83      engaging in the practice of pharmacy with reasonable skill, competency, and safety to the
             84      public;
             85          (6) meet the preliminary educational qualifications required by division rule made in


             86      collaboration with the board; and
             87          (7) meet one of the following educational criteria:
             88          (a) be a current pharmacy student, a resident, or fellow in a program approved by
             89      division rule made in collaboration with the board;
             90          (b) have graduated and received a pharmacy degree from a school or college of
             91      pharmacy which is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education but not
             92      completed the internship hours required by division rule for licensure as a pharmacist; or
             93          (c) have graduated from a foreign pharmacy school and received certification of
             94      equivalency from a credentialing agency approved by division rule made in collaboration with
             95      the board.
             96          Section 3. Section 58-17b-305 is amended to read:
             97           58-17b-305. Qualifications for licensure of pharmacy technician.
             98          (1) [Each] An applicant for licensure as a pharmacy technician shall:
             99          (a) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division;
             100          (b) pay a fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-504 ;
             101          (c) produce satisfactory evidence of good moral character as it relates to the applicant's
             102      ability to practice pharmacy;
             103          (d) complete a criminal background check and be free from criminal convictions as
             104      [required by Section 58-17b-307 , or as otherwise permitted by] described in Section 58-1-501 ;
             105          (e) have no physical or mental condition of a nature which prevents the applicant from
             106      engaging in practice as a pharmacy technician with reasonable skill, competency, and safety to
             107      the public;
             108          (f) have completed a board approved program and curriculum of education and
             109      training, meeting standards established by division rule made in collaboration with the board;
             110      and
             111          (g) successfully complete the examinations requirement within the time periods
             112      established by division rule made in collaboration with the board.
             113          (2) A pharmacist whose license has been denied, revoked, suspended, or restricted for


             114      disciplinary purposes [shall not be] is not eligible to be a licensed pharmacy technician while
             115      on probation with the division.
             116          Section 4. Section 58-17b-307 is amended to read:
             117           58-17b-307. Qualification for licensure -- Criminal background checks.
             118          (1) An applicant for licensure under this chapter shall:
             119          (a) submit fingerprint cards in a form acceptable to the division at the time the license
             120      application is filed; and [shall]
             121          (b) consent to a fingerprint background check regarding the application by the:
             122          (i) Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification; and [the]
             123          (ii) Federal Bureau of Investigation [regarding the application].
             124          (2) The division shall request the Department of Public Safety to complete a Federal
             125      Bureau of Investigation criminal background check for each applicant through the National
             126      Criminal History System (NCIC) or any successor system.
             127          [(3) If convicted of one or more felonies, an applicant must receive an absolute
             128      discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions five or more years prior to the date of
             129      filing an application for licensure under this chapter.]
             130          [(4)] (3) For purposes of conducting the criminal background check required in
             131      Subsection (1), the division shall have direct access to criminal background information
             132      maintained [pursuant to] under Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 2, Bureau of Criminal Identification.
             133          [(5) Any] (4) (a) A new pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy technician license
             134      issued under this section [shall be] is conditional, pending completion of the criminal
             135      background check.
             136          (b) Notwithstanding Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, if the
             137      criminal background check required in Subsection (1), discloses the applicant has failed to
             138      accurately disclose a criminal history, the license [shall be] is immediately and automatically
             139      revoked upon notice to the licensee by the division.
             140          [(6) Any] (5) A person whose conditional license has been revoked under Subsection
             141      [(5) shall be] (4) is entitled to a postrevocation hearing to challenge the revocation. The


             142      [hearing shall be conducted] division shall conduct the hearing in accordance with Title 63G,
             143      Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act.


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