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Medical Marijuana Update

Posted on November 18, 2016

For information please contact the office of compassionate use. Office of Compassionate Use Website: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/office-of-compassionate-use/ Main line: 850-245-4657

FDA meeting on September 20-21, 2016

Posted on September 23, 2016

On September 20-21, 2016 Allison Dudley, Executive Director and David Flynn, Counsel to the Board attended an inter-governmental working meeting at the Food and Drug Administration to discuss the oversight of drug compounding and the relationship between the activities of … Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on September 9, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) announces the following meetings: Continue reading

Letter from the United States Surgeon General

Posted on August 31, 2016

On August 25, 2016, the United States Surgeon General sent a letter to health care practitioners and public health leaders requesting assistance to address the prescription opioid crisis. The letter and additional information can be found at this link: http://turnthetiderx.org/

Telehealth Survey

Posted on August 10, 2016

Let your voice be heard about telehealth practices in Florida. The Telehealth Survey lets health care practitioners provide valuable information to Florida lawmakers. Continue reading

New Tool to Report Health Care Provider Complaints

Posted on July 19, 2016

The Complaint Portal is a way for consumers to find the correct agency to submit health care complaints in an electronic and secure format. Continue reading

FREE Webinars Now Available

Posted on July 19, 2016

Learn how to add your license to your Online Services Portal account or report your continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME) requirements. Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on July 12, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 221 passed and was signed into law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-222, Laws of Florida. The bill prohibits an out-of-network provider from balance billing members of a preferred provider organization (PPO) or … Continue reading

Update Regarding Changes to Law Pursuant to HB 941

Posted on June 24, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 941 was passed and became law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-230, Laws of Florida. The bill amends a wide variety of programs and licensing services offered by the Florida Department of Health. … Continue reading

Board Mourns Tragedy in Orlando, Gives Thanks to Health Care Responders

Posted on June 17, 2016

As we mourn the tragic events that occurred in Orlando over the weekend, the Division of Medical Quality Assurance joins friends and colleagues in Central Florida and across the state to thank the dedicated health care professionals who have so … Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on June 9, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 1175 passed and became law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-234, Laws of Florida. Starting July 1, 2016, health care practitioners are required to provide a good faith estimate of anticipated charges to … Continue reading

ANNOUNCEMENT: MQA Online Services

Posted on June 2, 2016

Services will be unavailable on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM Eastern Standard Time for system upgrades. Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on May 24, 2016

Click here to learn about the 2016 Florida Legislative Session that may impact your profession. Continue reading

Florida Hosts in 2017

Posted on May 23, 2016

Executive Director Allison Dudley, Board Chair Debra Glass, Board Vice Chair Mark Mikhael and Board members Jeffrey Mesaros and Jeenu Philip attended… Continue reading

FDA MedWatch-New Safety Warnings for Opioids

Posted on April 8, 2016

FDA MedWatch – Opioid Pain Medicines: Drug Safety Communication – New Safety Warnings Added to Prescription Opioid Medications ISSUE: FDA is warning about several safety issues with the entire class of opioid pain medicines. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication … Continue reading

MPJE Test Changes in April

Posted on April 1, 2016

Laws and Rules test registration changes April 4, 2016. NABP issues special deadlines as new test format goes into effect Continue reading

Recognizing Depression among Health Care Practitioners

Posted on February 26, 2016

Recognize when every-day stressors lead to burnout or depression. Learn more about self-care strategies and how to get help by clicking here. Continue reading

A New and Improved Search Portal

Posted on February 25, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved MQA Search Services Portal. Continue reading

CE/CME Quick Report Feature on CE Broker

Posted on February 23, 2016

Learn more about the new quick reporting feature to report all of your CE/CME hours completed with the same approved organization at one time. Continue reading

Innovative Tool to Keep Adults on Schedule for Good Health

Posted on January 11, 2016

Adults are encouraged to discuss their health screenings and immunization schedule with their health care professionals Continue reading

Validate Pain Medication Prescriptions

Posted on December 28, 2015

It becomes effective December 24, 2015. The revised rule focuses on communication, education and collaboration. Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on November 30, 2015

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

FDA investigating tramadol use in children

Posted on November 23, 2015

The FDA posted the following alert on use of tramadol for children ages 17 and younger: FDA is investigating the use of the pain medicine tramadol in children aged 17 years and younger, because of the rare but serious risk … Continue reading

FDA: Auvi-Q epinephrine injection recalled

Posted on October 30, 2015

Under a voluntary recall, Sanofi US has recalled all Auvi-Q products on the market in both 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg because of suspected device malfunctions, the FDA announced this week. The product is available to hospitals, retailers and customers. … Continue reading

FDA: US Compounding issues recall

Posted on October 29, 2015

This recall is due to the Food and Drug Administration concern over a lack of sterility assurance. Distributed nationwide to patients, providers, hospitals, and clinics Continue reading

Pharmacists Celebrated During October

Posted on October 19, 2015

National Pharmacy Week is Oct. 18-24, National Pharmacy Technician Day is Oct. 20 and the entire month is American Pharmacists Month. Here’s a message from ASHP for National Pharmacy Week: Thank you for your efforts on behalf of patients and … Continue reading

DEA to hold 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday

Posted on September 23, 2015

Event will take place from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, September 26th September 22 – (Washington, D.C.) – This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, come to one of the almost 5,000 collection sites around the nation … Continue reading

FDA approves Clozapine REMS Program

Posted on September 16, 2015

FDA MedWatch – Clozapine: Drug Safety Communication – FDA Modifies Monitoring for Neutropenia; Approves New Shared REMS Program – 09/15/2015 Clozapine: Drug Safety Communication – FDA Modifies Monitoring for Neutropenia; Approves New Shared REMS Program AUDIENCE: Psychiatry, Pharmacy, Hematology ISSUE: … Continue reading

USP 797 Workshop

Posted on September 15, 2015

The Board of Pharmacy and Bureau of Enforcement are offering free CE to Florida-permitted pharmacies to assist with USP 797 compliance. Continue reading

The Board of Pharmacy and Bureau of Enforcement are offering free CE to Florida-permitted pharmacies to assist with USP 797 compliance

Posted on September 15, 2015

The Florida Department of Health Bureau of Enforcement and the Florida Board of Pharmacy invite you to attend our second, follow-up meeting on USP-NF General Chapter Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations (i.e. USP ). Our first meeting was held on … Continue reading

Controlled substance prescriber not required on profile

Posted on July 16, 2015

The Department has received numerous calls in recent weeks from physicians expressing concerns that some pharmacists are not filling controlled substance prescriptions if the physician is not… Continue reading

Immunization Authority Expanded

Posted on July 9, 2015

New law effective July 1, adds Pharmacy Interns to Immunization Administration Certification, expands immunizations pharmacists can administer Continue reading

Licensed Pharmacists Renewal Due Sept 30, 2015

Posted on July 7, 2015

If the Pharmacist does not have the hours to report by September 30, the license will move to delinquent status at expiration. Register for a webinar today at www.FLHealthSource.gov Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on July 6, 2015

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces its annual Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations’ meeting. Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on May 28, 2015

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

Important Measles Update

Posted on April 27, 2015

After seeing several measles cases in visitors, we now have the first confirmed locally acquired measles case in a Florida resident… Continue reading

FDA ALERT

Posted on April 3, 2015

The Florida Department of Health remains vigilant in its efforts to ensure the safety of the public. Currently, the Department is contacting all Florida recipients… Continue reading

Important Measles Update

Posted on February 27, 2015

Measles is a highly contagious disease, transmitted by respiratory aerosols when an infected person coughs or sneezes… Continue reading

Healthiest Weight Florida Work to Raise Awareness and Prevent Prediabetes

Posted on February 9, 2015

Roughly 86 million American adults have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. Continue reading

Record CE/CMEs before the deadline and be renewal ready.

Posted on January 14, 2015

The Department encourages you to log in to the tracking system before applying for renewal to ensure your information is complete and accurate. Continue reading

Florida’s Healthy Promise Campaign

Posted on December 29, 2014

Healthy Promise is a campaign sponsored by the Florida Department of Health to encourage people in Florida to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living this year. Continue reading

Florida Veteran Health Heroes

Posted on November 10, 2014

The Florida Department of Health honors and supports veterans, members of the military and their families on Veterans Day. Continue reading

Information on Ebola Virus Disease

Posted on October 17, 2014

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Continue reading

FAQs Regarding the DEA Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs)

Posted on October 6, 2014

Background On Friday, August 22nd, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a Final Rule moving HCPs from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II. This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II substances … Continue reading

Notice to Florida Licensed Non-Resident Pharmacies

Posted on September 24, 2014

Effective October 1, 2014, s. 465.0158, Florida Statutes, requires all nonresident pharmacies to obtain a Nonresident Sterile Compounding Permit in order to ship, mail, deliver, or dispense, in any manner, a compounded sterile product into the State of Florida. Nonresident … Continue reading

Notice to FDA Registered Outsourcing Facilities

Posted on September 24, 2014

Effective October 1, 2014, s. 465.0158, Florida Statutes, requires all nonresident outsourcing facilities to obtain a Nonresident Sterile Compounding Permit in order to ship, mail, deliver, or dispense, in any manner, a compounded sterile product into the State of Florida. … Continue reading

USP 797 Inspection Form Review

Posted on September 11, 2014

In anticipation of the October 1, 2014 adoption of proposed amendments to Rule 64B16-27.797, Florida Administrative Code, the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Enforcement and the Florida Board of Pharmacy will be holding a public  workshop on USP–NF General … Continue reading

2014 Legislative Update – House Bill 7077

Posted on September 11, 2014

House Bill 7077 will become law on October 1, 2014 as Chapter 2014-148, Laws of Florida. This law creates s. 465.0158, F.S., to require nonresident pharmacies and outsourcing facilities to obtain a permit in order to ship, mail, deliver or … Continue reading

DEA Reschedules Hydrocodone Combination Products

Posted on August 25, 2014

On Friday, August 22nd, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II. This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule … Continue reading

DEA Classifies Tramadol a Controlled Substance

Posted on August 7, 2014

Under a final rule published in the Federal Register, the pain reliever tramadol is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance (CS) starting August 18, 2014. Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations Annual Meeting

Posted on July 15, 2014

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces the first combined Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations annual meeting Continue reading

2014 Legislative Update – House Bill 323

Posted on July 7, 2014

House Bill 323 became law on July 1, 2014 as Chapter 2014-113, Laws of Florida. This law amends the following Florida Statutes s. 465.014, F.S., related to the number of registered pharmacy technicians a pharmacist can supervise; s. 465.189, F.S. … Continue reading

New Compounding Rule Effective June 22, 2014

Posted on July 3, 2014
Effective June 22, 2014, Board of Pharmacy (Board), Rule 64B16-27.700(3)(g), Florida Administrative Code, requires all pharmacies that engage in office use compounding of sterile products intended for human use be in full compliance with 21 United States Code § 353b, … Continue reading

Boards and Councils Liaison Meeting

Posted on June 13, 2014

This meeting includes a review of how the Health Care Boards and Councils
will each play an integral role in Florida’s Healthiest Weight Initiative Continue reading

Emergency Rule Related to Telemedicine

Posted on May 6, 2014
On March 12, 2014, Board of Medicine's Rule 64B8-9.0141 went into effect wherein the Board set forth standards for telemedicine practice for Florida licensed physicians. Rule 64B8-9.0141(4) specifically precludes physicians from prescribing controlled substances through the use of telemedicine. Shortly … Continue reading

Does your CE/CME Provider report Course Completions?

Posted on April 4, 2014

The Department of Health has partnered with certain CE/CME providers using this seal to eliminate the need for licensees to self-report course completion. Continue reading

Notice to Licensees About Fraudulent Documents

Posted on December 6, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is aware that documents purportedly originating from DOH requesting information of a sensitive nature have been received by members of the public. These documents request licensees share information that may be used to commit … Continue reading

Nonresident Sterile Compounding Permit

Posted on September 11, 2013

Starting October 1, 2014 all nonresident pharmacies and outsourcing facilities are required to obtain a Nonresident Sterile Compounding Permit Continue reading

FDA Alerts Pharmacies

Posted on August 26, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pharmacies of concerns about the adequacy of testing performed by Front Range Laboratories, Inc., in Loveland, Colo., a testing laboratory used by more than 100 pharmacies in 32 states, to verify quality, … Continue reading

FDA information regarding Biosimilars

Posted on August 26, 2013

The FDA has created a pathway for the approval of biosimilar products, but has not yet approved a biological product as biosimilar or interchangeable. There is no date-certain for when these products will be approved—some estimates are three to five … Continue reading

Special Sterile Compounding Pharmacy Permit Information

Posted on August 26, 2013

The Florida Board of Pharmacy is developing a new application which will be required for certain pharmacies who will engage in the preparation of compounding sterile products. The application is not yet available. You are not required to apply until … Continue reading

Multistate Epidemiological Sterile Injections Investigation

Posted on June 26, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Continue reading

The Board

Posted on June 19, 2013

The Florida Board of Pharmacy plays a leading role in the State’s ever-changing health care environment. This is accomplished through… Continue reading

Immunization Administration Certification Renewal

Posted on June 12, 2013

During the 2012 legislative session, House Bill 509 was passed creating a new requirement for pharmacists who wish to maintain their immunization registry… Continue reading

“A Continuing Investigation into the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Whether it Could Have Been Prevented”

Posted on June 12, 2013

Statement of Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. Commissioner of Food and Drugs Food and Drug Administration Department of Health and Human Services Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations House Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives April 16, … Continue reading

DEA Guidelines to Prescription Fraud

Posted on June 12, 2013

Pharmacist’s Guide to Prescription Fraud The purpose of this guide is to ensure that controlled substances continue to be available for legitimate medical and scientific purposes while preventing diversion into the illicit market. It is not the intent of this … Continue reading

Massachusetts Special Commission on Pharmacy Compounding Report

Posted on June 12, 2013

In response to the tragic events of the multi-state meningitis outbreak Massachusetts Governor Patrick convened the Special Commission to investigate the oversight of compounding pharmacies. The report, which includes recommendations, was released in January 2013. The Florida Board of Pharmacy … Continue reading

Florida Board of Pharmacy Compounding Survey Report

Posted on June 12, 2013

With the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated compounded products, the Florida Board of Pharmacy adopted Emergency Rule 64B16ER12-1… Continue reading

Immediate Notification of Compounding Status and Inspections

Posted on June 12, 2013

Notice of Emergency Rule DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Board of Pharmacy 64B16ER12-1: Immediate Notification of Compounding Status and Inspections SPECIFIC REASONS FOR FINDING AN IMMEDIATE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … Continue reading

CE at Renewal – A New Approach to License Renewal

Posted on May 31, 2013

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system… Continue reading