No matter where one is in the supply chain when it comes to managing or handling prescription drugs, compliance is key. While there are some standards that one needs to understand on a national level, there are also many laws and regulations that act on a state level. For those working in Florida, an intimate familiarity with and understanding of organizations like the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation are key, but there is still so much information surrounding compliance. Another important resource for better understanding the industry is the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
This professional organization serves as an unbiased group that supports the vision of the state boards of pharmacy in attempting to protect public health.
The NABP was founded in 1904, and has maintained that initial goal throughout the duration of it’s more than century-long existence.
While the infrastructure has undergone some changes since its inception, the NABP has not wavered from this initial vision, and continues to oversee measures that support the interest of public health.
The NABP maintains a variety of means to ensure this mission. It coordinates a number of programs that include accreditation programs for distributors of wholesale products and online pharmacies, pharmacist competency evaluation programs and pharmacist license transfers. For those in the field, many will be familiar with the following accreditation programs; Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites CM (VIPPS®), Vet-VIPPS®, Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors® (VAWD®), and durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) accreditation programs.
Although the organization was founded in the US, it currently oversees eight districts that include all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands, Australia, Puerto Rico and 8 provinces in Canada. The Executive Committee is comprised of officers elected during the NABP’s Annual Meeting, and this Committee governs the districts. This group consists of three officers, eight members, and a chairperson. Each elected official dedicates his or her time and expertise to overseeing the implementation of policy, Association programs and activities intended to further the organization’s mission statement.
While the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy may seem like a secondary organization to some (depending on your role in the field), it’s important that those involved in the pharmaceutical industry at all levels of the supply chain understand the initiatives and policies set forth by their local district.