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SB-476 Pharmacy: Pharmacist Employer Advisory Task Force.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Article 20.5 (commencing with Section 4350) is added to Chapter 9 of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:

Article  20.5. Professional Pharmacist Integrity Act
4350.
 (a) This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the Professional Pharmacist Integrity Act.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to ensure that the California State Board of Pharmacy has sufficient tools to be able to ensure the safe practice of pharmacy in this state.
4351.
 (a) There is hereby created the Pharmacist Employer Advisory Task Force.
(b) The task force shall study and submit a report to the Legislature on the prevalence of management interference upon the ability of pharmacists-in-charge to do their jobs and any legislative recommendations for improvement. The report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) A survey of pharmacists-in-charge to determine whether they feel they have sufficient authority and autonomy to carry out their statutory mandate.
(2) An analysis of the past five years of board discipline to determine the extent to which nonpharmacist management interference contributed to wrongdoing.
(3) Recommendations to enhance the board’s ability to enforce the Pharmacy Law.
(c) The task force shall submit the report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature before January 1, 2022.
(d) The report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
4352.
 (a) The task force shall be comprised of the following individuals:
(1) The executive officer or their designee.
(2) A representative appointed by the Governor’s office.
(3) A representative from the State Department of Public Health.
(4) A representative appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(5) A representative appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(6) Two representatives from community pharmacies.
(7) Two representatives from retail pharmacies.
(b) The executive officer or their designee shall serve as the chairperson of the task force.
(c) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, members of the task force shall not receive compensation or any other payment for their service on the task force. All administrative expenses for the task force shall be absorbed by the board.
(2) The task force shall serve in an advisory capacity and the legislative recommendations identified in the report shall be subject to enactment by the Legislature.
4353.
 This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.