Rhode Island Pharmacists Association

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Legislative Update

Rhode Island Pharmacists Association Council of Administration and Legislative Team are pleased to announce that as a result of our leadership in spearheading oral and written testimony by pharmacists and launching a public letter writing campaign, significant changes were made to the proposed pharmacy regulations which are reflected in the final rule issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health with the Secretary of State.

Some key changes that RIPA was instrumental in advocating and recommending:
  • In response to public comment, §§ 1.8.2 (Automated Medication Filling Systems), 1.8.3 (Use of Automated Pharmacy Systems at Remote Locations, 1.9(H) (regarding contraceptives), 1.11 (Telepharmacy), 1.13(K) (Remote Technician Practice), and 1.13(L) (Technician II Verification Program) of the regulations posted for public comment have been removed from the regulations, in order to allow for further discussion and community review with regulatory stakeholders.
  • In response to public comment, § 1.5.1(E) was created to provide requirements for pharmacies to maintain an adequate number of personnel, and provide evidence thereof to the Department upon request.
  • In response to public comment, the proposed allowance for patient counseling in written form in § 1.5.14(A) has been removed.
To view the complete concise explanatory statement for the regulations please visit:  
Pharmacists, Pharmacies, and Manufacturers, Wholesalers, and Distributors Concise Explanatory Statement  

To view the entire final rule of the Regulations please visit:  
Pharmacists, Pharmacies, and Manufacturers, Wholesalers, and Distributors (216-RICR-40-15-1)

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our communities for the profession of pharmacy and towards protecting the pharmacist-patient relationship.

To our dedicated RIPA members- we thank you for your hard work on this campaign and look forward to continuing the tradition of RIPA advocacy on your behalf this upcoming legislative year!



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  • November RIPA Council Meeting     

                November 5th @6pm - Location to be determined



  • December RIPA Council Meeting     

                December 10th @6pm - Rochambeau Library Providence





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