STOP REMOTE DISPENSING
CONTACT the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NOW!!!!
HB 59 that passed during the Regular Session of the Legislature would allow remote dispensing machines in places that are NOT pharmacies. The independent pharmacy community along with the Florida Pharmacy Association opposed this legislation but was unable to stop it from passing. However, we have one last chance and that is to ask Governor DeSantis to VETO HB 59. HB 59 has yet to be delivered to the Governor’s office so there is still a chance to STOP HB 59 from becoming law.
We need to burn up the telephone lines and email accounts. Independent Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, employees and your patients need to CONTACT the Governor’s office to ask Governor DeSantis to VETO HB 59. Here is a copy of the letter from FPA to the Governor regarding issues with HB 59. Please use when speaking, leaving a message or emailing.
When CONTACTING the Governor’s Office, please use the three points below:
- The legislature was provided information about these automated pharmacy systems and their location being regulated by the Florida Board of Pharmacy but the law that passed and is being presented to the Governor’s Office fails to give that authority to the Board to write rules to this issue.
- With the possibility of these machines being located remotely and possibly some distance from the responsible pharmacy it is not clear that its surfaces can be sanitized regularly or that proper social distancing will be monitored for consumers using this technology.
- The legislation also allows for anyone to possess handle and install federally regulated legend drugs in one of these automated dispensing systems rather than restricting such activity to either a Florida licensed pharmacist, Florida registered intern or a Florida registered pharmacy technician.The bill allows for a non-licensed person to handle prescription drugs that are installed in these systems that may be located remotely from state Department of Health permitted facilities.
CONTACT INFORMATION for the GOVERNOR’s OFFICE:
Governor’s Office Telephone Number – 850/717-9337
Governor’s Legislative Affairs Office – 850/488-5000
We would suggest that you make four different contacts using the points listed above. Do not sound mad just state the facts along with being just bad and unsafe policy. Another suggestion would be to make CONTACTS a couple of times a week.