Legislature(2003 - 2004)

05/16/2003 01:51 PM HES

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                  HB 270-PHARMACIST LICENSING                                                                               
CHAIR FRED DYSON  called the Senate Health,  Education and Social                                                             
Services  Standing  Committee  meeting  to  order  at  1:51  p.m.                                                               
Present were  SENATORS DAVIS  AND GREEN.  The Chair  announced HB
270 to be up for consideration.                                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  NANCY DAHLSTROM,  sponsor  of  HB 270,  explained                                                               
that currently the Board of Pharmacy  cannot deny a license to an                                                               
applicant  who may  have had  a questioned  background, a  felony                                                               
drug conviction  or a drug  abuse problem. The public  safety and                                                               
the  pharmacy profession  are both  compromised  because of  this                                                               
situation and  the right  to deny  a license  was unintentionally                                                               
left out of the statute when it was originally drafted.                                                                         
HB 270 gives  the authority to deny a license  to a new applicant                                                               
if  they find  that they  have committed  fraud, deceit,  falsely                                                               
advertised  or  been  convicted  of  a felony  as  listed  in  AS                                                               
08.80.261. Everyone involved agrees with  the changes and she has                                                               
support  letters  from  the  Board of  Pharmacy  and  the  Alaska                                                               
Pharmaceutical Association.                                                                                                     
CHAIR DYSON asked who initiated this issue.                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM replied the State Board of Pharmacy.                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON  asked if  there had been  any negative  testimony in                                                               
the other two hearings.                                                                                                         
REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM  replied that there wasn't  any negative                                                               
testimony from anyone.                                                                                                          
SENATOR GUESS arrived at 1:54 p.m.                                                                                              
SENATOR DAVIS commented that this is a good bill.                                                                               
MS.  MARGARET   SODEN,  President,  Alaska  Board   of  Pharmacy,                                                               
strongly supported HB  270, because as the  law currently stands,                                                               
they  would   have  to  grant   a  license  to  someone   with  a                                                               
questionable  background,  who would  then  be  able to  practice                                                               
pharmacy.  Their license  would  have to  be sanctioned  somehow.                                                               
This is not good for the health and safety of Alaskans.                                                                         
CHAIR DYSON asked if this had  been a noticeable problem with any                                                               
practitioners in the state.                                                                                                     
MS.  SODEN replied  that  a  couple of  years  ago, an  applicant                                                               
sought licensure  and the board  wanted to deny the  license. The                                                               
applicant  had falsified  their  application, as  well, and  they                                                               
didn't grant  a licensed based  on that. They realized  then that                                                               
they needed this authority.                                                                                                     
CHAIR DYSON asked when the board meets next.                                                                                    
MS. SODEN replied that they meet on July 25 in Anchorage.                                                                       
CHAIR  DYSON  said he  looked  forward  to  working with  her  on                                                               
collaborative agreements.                                                                                                       
SENATOR  GREEN  moved   to  pass  HB  270   from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations.  There were no objections  and it was                                                               
so ordered.                                                                                                                     

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