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Five patients walk into the pharmacy hoping to receive a vaccination today since they are all due and feel the pharmacy can provide the service much faster than the doctor’s office. Which of the following patients must the pharmacist turn away?
A 7-year-old boy who would like a flu shot
A 66-year-old woman who would like the shingles vaccine
A 13-year-old girl who would like the HPV Vaccine
A 9-year-old girl who would like the TDAP vaccine
A 65-year-old man who would like the Prevnar 13 vaccine
Of the following prescriptions, which one would be the first to expire based on Massachusetts state law? Assume all are written on today’s date.
A prescription written by a Massachusetts doctor for Dextroamphetamine for a long-term care resident
A prescription for written by a doctor from New Jersey for Vyvanse for an outpatient
A prescription written by a doctor from New York for Alprazolam for an outpatient
A prescription written by a nurse practitioner from Massachusetts for Oxycodone for a long-term care resident
A prescription written by a physician assistant from Massachusetts for Oxycodone for an outpatient
Out-of-state prescriptions are different. Out-of-state Schedule III through V medications must be filled within 30 days of being issued, but may be refilled up to 5 times if the refills are requested in writing by the prescriber on the prescription. Out-of-state Schedule II medications must be filled within 5 days of the date of issuance, and if not filled by day 6, the prescription is considered null and void.
Of the given examples above, a prescription for Vyvanse from a non-contiguous state will have the shortest time limit, being valid only for 5 days.
When transferring a prescription, it is important to consider the schedule of the medication being transferred because the laws differ based on the schedule. Which of the following are true?
I. A prescription for Lyrica with refills may be transferred between pharmacies on a one-time only basis
II. A prescription for atorvastatin may be transferred between pharmacies within 1 year of the date of issuance
III. Both the original and transferred prescriptions must be maintained for a period of two years from the date of issuance
I and II only
II and III only
I, II, and III
The allowed quantity and refill amount on a prescription varies based on the controlled schedule of the medication that is being prescribed. Which of the following is not written in accordance with Massachusetts state law?
A prescription for Buprenorphine 8mg, 1 tab PO QD #90 with 3 refills
A prescription for Lyrica 100mg, 1 cap PO BID #60 with 5 refills
A prescription for Oxycontin 10mg, 1 Tab PO BID #60 with no refills
A prescription for Tramadol 50mg, 2 tablets PO BID #120 with 4 refills
A prescription for Testosterone Injection 100mg/mL in a 2mL vial, 1mL IM 2x/month with 3 refills
A pharmacy that is authorized to limit their services to a particular segment of the general public and may furnish services only to the beneficiaries of a trust or pension plan describes which type of pharmacy setting?
Long-term Care Pharmacy
A retail pharmacy may not lawfully limit services to any person of the public because that would not be in the best interest of the health of the public.
A nuclear pharmacy is a facility run under the supervision of a Board-registered pharmacist that is authorized to dispense radiopharmaceutical drug products.
A specialty pharmacy generally deals with a limited supply of medications that are high cost.
Long-term care pharmacies (LTC) may not allow walk-in traffic and only serve contracted nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
A pharmacist is filling a prescription for Oxycodone 5mg/5mL liquid. When pouring, the pharmacist misses the bottle and spills 15mL on the floor. The pharmacist attempts to retrieve the lost medication, but now it has been adulterated and should not be dispensed to any patient. What action should the pharmacist take?
Fill out a DEA 106 form and report the loss to the DEA, Board of Pharmacy, and local and state police within 14 business days
Fill out a DEA 106 form and report the loss to the DEA, Board of Pharmacy, and local and state police within 7 business days
Fill out a DEA 41 form and report the loss to the DEA within 7 business days
Document the loss of medication in the perpetual inventory and do not report the loss of medication to any authority
Document the loss of medication in the perpetual inventory, have this loss signed by 2 witnesses, and do not report the loss of medication to any authority
Sebastian is a pharmacist who shows up before the Board to receive a disciplinary action against his license. The Board decides not to stop Sebastian from having the ability to practice but does decide the case will be attached to his license on the Massachusetts website, so employers are informed of the incident prior to hiring Sebastian. What is this disciplinary action defined as?
A reprimand or censure
A suspension or revocation
A consent agreement
A pharmacist must conduct a prospective drug utilization review before each new prescription is dispensed or delivered to a patient. This may include a review of the patient record for the purpose of promoting therapeutic appropriateness by making a reasonable effort to identify all the following EXCEPT:
Renewal of a controlled substance registration shall be made prior to the following dates:
I. December 31st of each odd-numbered year for a pharmacy
II. December 31st of each odd-numbered year for an outsourcing facility
III. December 31st of each odd-numbered year for a wholesale druggist
I and II only
II and III only
I, II, and III
For which of the following medications may a retail pharmacist not fill or dispense any prescription without a new Letter of Medical Necessity accompanying the prescription every time?
The state Board of Pharmacy is responsible for inspecting all pharmacies. Which of the following is true regarding pharmacy inspections?
The Board must give the pharmacy written or verbal notice prior to an inspection
The Board must cite every violation observed and send a copy of the report to the pharmacy
Each pharmacy is required to be inspected every two years
A plan of correction must be completed by the pharmacy manager of record for any violations and submitted to the Board within 7 business days
A plan of correction must have a specific timeline with a date the problem will be fixed
The plan of correction does not need to have a specific end date when the deficiency will be corrected; it must only explain how the issue will be addressed and corrected in the most expeditious way possible.
Every licensed pharmacy/pharmacist shall report to the Board which of the following within 7 business days?
Any adverse change in status of accreditation of any professional license
Improper drug dispensing that led to serious injury of a patient
Termination of employment as the manager of record at a pharmacy
A change in board of directors of a pharmacy
An adverse reaction to an immunization by a patient
You are a Massachusetts pharmacist who works in a facility that partakes in non-sterile compounding but not sterile compounding. Which of the following is true regarding your requirement for your yearly continuing education credits (CEUs)?
You must do an additional 3 CEUs that focus strictly on non-sterile compounding (USP 795)
You must do 3 of your 20 CEUs for the year strictly focusing on non-sterile compounding (USP 795)
You must do an additional 5 CEUs that focus strictly on non-sterile compounding (USP 795)
You must do 5 of your 20 CEUs for the year strictly focusing on non-sterile compounding (USP 795)
There is no specific requirement for non-sterile compounding CEUs in the state of Massachusetts
Which of the following is a duty that is NOT appropriate for a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPT) to perform?
Provide the patient an offer for the pharmacist to counsel
Take a refill request for an MD for lisinopril over the phone
Take a prescription transfer request for atorvastatin over the phone
Contact a doctor’s office to obtain refills on a patient’s glipizide
Call a prescriber to clarify the directions for a patient’s metformin prescription