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Administration of Drugs and Immunizations by Maine Licensed Pharmacists- Frequently Asked Questions
I am a licensed pharmacist. Can I administer drugs and immunizations?
No, not unless you hold a valid Maine pharmacist license and have been authorized by the Board to administer drugs and immunizations. Please read 32 MRSA §13832 for information on the qualifications to obtain this authorization. Web link - www.maine.gov/professionallicensing
How do I apply for an Authorization of Administration of Drugs and Immunizations?
Please visit our website and download the application packet. Web address - www.maine.gov/professionallicensing and click on "Professions and Occupations" then scroll to "pharmacy." This will bring you to the Board of Pharmacy web page.
Or go directly to this page at http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/pharmacy/index.htm At the Board of Pharmacy web page click on "Applications & Forms." Don't forget to review the laws and rules as well; the link for these documents is just above Applications & Forms.
It is strongly advised that you carefully review the informational pages that accompany the application form. Filing a completed application with the required fee will help to expedite our ability to review your application and supporting documents and ultimately issue your authorization.
Can I fax my application to the board's office?
Please do not fax your application. Applications and documents that are faxed are often unclear, too dark or light, or skewed so that we are unable to clearly read the information. Please mail your application and supporting material or feel free to come to our office to deliver your application.
If I personally deliver my application and required fee to the board's office, can you review and act on my application while I wait?
No. Your application will be reviewed and acted on in the order received along with many other applications pending review and action.
How can I find out the status of my application?
Visit our website. Once your application is received and processed, a notation will appear on the website that your application is "pending." After we have reviewed and acted on your application the website will either show that your authorization was issued and the status will change to "Active" or a document will be posted indicating that we sent you a letter, which you may download immediately instead of waiting for mail delivery. Upon issuance of your authorization, please allow at least 10-14 days for delivery of your new license. All licenses, including authorizations, are printed and mailed off-site.
We do not encourage phone calls to find out the status of your application. These calls severely impede our ability to efficiently and quickly process many applications pending review. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned. Please take the time to read all of the information provided in the application packet.
Can I administer drugs and immunizations before I receive an authorization in the mail?
Yes, you are validly authorized to administer drugs and immunizations as soon as your authority becomes ACTIVE in our licensing system and you have a treatment protocol in place.
Can a pharmacy technician or pharmacy intern administer drugs and immunizations?
No. Only a Maine licensed pharmacist who has been authorized by the Board to administer drugs and immunizations may perform this function.
Can a pharmacist delegate the authority to administer drugs and immunizations to a pharmacy technician or pharmacy intern?
No. The Maine Pharmacy Practice Act (32 MRSA §13834 (1)) prohibits delegation of this task.
I am a Maine licensed pharmacist with Board-issued authority to administer drugs and immunizations. What is the deadline for submitting a treatment protocol to the Board?
The pharmacist with authority to administer drugs or immunizations or the pharmacy or pharmacies to which the treatment protocol applies shall submit a copy of the treatment protocol to the board no later than 20 calendar days after the effective date of the protocol.
What type of drugs may be included in the treatment protocol?
Only the following drugs and immunizations may be included in the treatment protocol:
Last Updated: August 8, 2012
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