The Board


The Florida Board of Pharmacy plays an important role in health care regulation as the board members and staff interact regularly with other pharmacy affiliated groups in Florida, as well as the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

The Florida Board of Pharmacy consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Seven members of the board must be licensed pharmacists who are residents of the State and who have been engaged in the practice of pharmacy in this state for at least four years and represent the various pharmacy practice settings. Of the pharmacist members, one must be currently engaged in the practice of pharmacy in a community pharmacy, one must be currently engaged in the practice of pharmacy in a Class II institutional pharmacy or a Modified Class II institutional pharmacy, and five shall be pharmacists licensed in Florida irrespective of practice setting. The remaining two members must be residents of the state who have never been licensed pharmacists and who are in no way connected with the practice of pharmacy or in any way connected with a drug manufacturer or wholesaler. At least one member of the board must be 60 years or older.

Members of the Board

Jeffrey J. Mesaros
PharmD, J.D.
Chair
Tampa, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Michele Weizer
PharmD
Vice-Chair
Boca Raton, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Goar Alvarez
PharmD

Cooper City, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Gavin Meshad
Consumer
Sarasota, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Debra B. Glass
BPharm

Tallahassee, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2015
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Leo J. “Lee” Fallon
BPharm, PhD

The Villages, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2015
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Mark Mikhael
PharmD

Orlando, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Jeenu Philip
BPharm

Jacksonville, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Vacant


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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, serves as the principle administrative unit for the Board. The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee. The Board’s activities are supported in full by fees paid by its licensees. All Board members serve four-year terms. Despite the expiration of their term, Board members continue to serve until they have been replaced. To learn more about becoming a member of the Board, visit the Governor’s Appointment Office website or email their office at appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Councils & Committees

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Prescription Drug Abuse Committee

The focus of the committee is to understand the arena of prescription drug abuse, increase the usage of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and support funding of the PDMP.

Chair
Gavin Meshad

Member(s)
Lee Fallon, BPharm, PhD
Debra Glass, BPharm
Jeenu Philip, BPharm

Rules Committee

This committee develops recommendations for amendment of Board rules or creation of new rules, to clarify standards or to impose requirements to strengthen patient protection and quality of care. This committee also makes recommendations to the full board regarding bills filed with the legislature.

Chair
Jeffrey J. Mesaros, PharmD, JD

Member(s)
Debra Glass, BPharm
Mark Mikhael, PharmD
Jeenu Philip, BPharm
Michele Weizer, PharmD

Compounding Rules Committee

This committee develops recommendations for amendment of Board compounding rules or creation of new rules, to clarify standards or to impose requirements to strengthen patient protection and quality of care. This committee also makes recommendations to the full board regarding bills filed with the legislature.

Chair
Michele Weizer, PharmD

Member(s)
Lee Fallon, BPharm, PhD
Debra Glass, BPharm
Mark Mikhael, PharmD

Board Staff

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Patrick Kennedy
Executive Director
Coordination of Budget; Analyzes & Tracks Legislation; Liaison with State and National Pharmacy Associations; Interaction with Board Members; Chief Administrative Officer
Tammy Collins
Program Operations Administrator
Section: Administrative Section
Responsibilities: Board Meeting Coordinator, Administrative Issues, New Legislation, Assist Executive Director
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James “Jay” Cumbie
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Administrative Section
Responsibilities: Board and Committee Meeting agendas, assists Executive Director
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Elizabeth “Beth” Ranne
Regulatory Supervisor/Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Supervisor of the Pharmacist/Pharmacy licensure section.
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Kisha Johnson
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure and renewal for Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, and Nuclear Pharmacist.
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Ayanna Leonard
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure and renewal for pharmacy facilities. Pharmacy closures, request for approval of 2:1-3:1 ratio and processing fingerprint results.
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Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Pharmacy manager and consultant pharmacist changes, and initial licensure for pharmacy technicians, and pharmacist immunization certification.
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Carolyn Price
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure of pharmacy interns, name & address changes, intern verification, and initial licensure for pharmacy technicians.
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Akhiem Roberson
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure of pharmacy interns, name & address changes, intern verifications, and initial licensure for pharmacy technicians.
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Ma’Lasha Norton
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure of pharmacy interns, name & address changes, intern verification, initial licensure for pharmacy technicians, registered pharmacy technician training programs, and continuing education provider programs.
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Legal Counsel

David Flynn
Assistant Attorney General

(850) 414-3300