The make-up of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy is composed of seven individuals who are appointed by the Governor. The qualifications and make-up of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy is dictated by NRS 639.030 and it consists of six members who are registered pharmacists in the State of Nevada, are actively engaged in the practice of pharmacy in the State of Nevada and have had at least 5 years’ experience as registered pharmacists preceding the appointment. In addition to the six pharmacy members there is one member who is a representative of the general public and is not related to a pharmacist registered in the State of Nevada by consanguinity or affinity within the third degree.
The general powers and regulations of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy are dictated by NRS 639.070 and are as follows:
The Board may:
(a) Adopt such regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of this State, as are necessary for the protection of the public, appertaining to the practice of pharmacy and the lawful performance of its duties.
(b) Adopt regulations requiring that prices charged by retail pharmacies for drugs and medicines which are obtained by prescription be posted in the pharmacies and be given on the telephone to persons requesting such information.
(c) Adopt regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of this State, authorizing the Executive Secretary of the Board to issue certificates, licenses and permits required by this chapter and chapters 453 and 454 of NRS.
(d) Adopt regulations governing the dispensing of poisons, drugs, chemicals and medicines.
(e) Regulate the practice of pharmacy.
(f) Regulate the sale and dispensing of poisons, drugs, chemicals and medicines.
(g) Regulate the means of record keeping and storage, handling, sanitation and security of drugs, poisons, medicines, chemicals and devices, including, but not limited to, requirements relating to:
(1) Pharmacies, institutional pharmacies and pharmacies in correctional institutions;
(2) Drugs stored in hospitals; and
(3) Drugs stored for the purpose of wholesale distribution.
(h) Examine and register, upon application, pharmacists and other persons who dispense or distribute medications whom it deems qualified.
(i) Charge and collect necessary and reasonable fees for the expedited processing of a request or for any other incidental service the Board provides, other than those specifically set forth in this chapter.
(j) Maintain offices in as many localities in the State as it finds necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
(k) Employ attorneys, inspectors, investigators and other professional consultants and clerical personnel necessary to the discharge of its duties.
(l) Enforce the provisions of NRS 453.011 to 453.552, inclusive, and enforce the provisions of this chapter and chapter 454 of NRS.
(m) Adopt regulations concerning the information required to be submitted in connection with an application for any license, certificate or permit required by this chapter or chapter 453 or 454 of NRS.
(n) Adopt regulations concerning the education, experience and background of a person who is employed by the holder of a license or permit issued pursuant to this chapter and who has access to drugs and devices.
(o) Adopt regulations concerning the use of computerized mechanical equipment for the filling of prescriptions.
(p) Participate in and expend money for programs that enhance the practice of pharmacy.
2. The Board shall, to the extent feasible, communicate or cooperate with or provide any documents or other information to any other licensing board or any other agency that is investigating a person, including, without limitation, a law enforcement agency.
3. This section does not authorize the Board to prohibit open-market competition in the advertising and sale of prescription drugs and pharmaceutical services.
Based upon an opinion letter that was issued on or about July 22, 2021 by the Board of Pharmacies General Counsel the State of Nevada will require out of state pharmacists that dispense or compound for Nevada patients to hold a Nevada pharmacist’s license. This is based upon an interpretation of NRS 600.100(1)(a) which states that it is unlawful for any person to dispense or compound, or permit to be dispensed or compounded, any drug into the state unless the person “holds the appropriate certificate, license, or permit” required by applicable Nevada law. This is a significant reversal of prior policy set by the Board which previously required a non-resident pharmacy, but not the individual pharmacists to hold a Nevada license. Consequently, if a non-Nevada licensed pharmacist is dispensing or compounding a prescription for a Nevada resident and commits an error, the Board of Pharmacy may charge the pharmacist with the unauthorized practice of pharmacy in Nevada and pursuant to reciprocal actions which are in effect in many states the pharmacists home state may also recognize the disciplinary action in Nevada. Pharmacies dispensing or compounding in Nevada should file applications for temporary registration and registration by reciprocity with the Board of Pharmacy to ensure they are in compliance with the State’s new registration requirement. If you have questions about pharmacy regulatory compliance and whether your pharmacists are properly registered in Nevada contact the legal team at Spartacus Law Firm.