Mission Statement 

The mission of the Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy is to promote and protect the health and safety of the public by regulating the practice of pharmacy.

Recent Announcements

Change Healthcare Disruptions


The Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy is aware of the disruptions caused by the cyberattack at Change Healthcare. This includes disruptions to electronic prescribing and submitting claims to insurers.


The Wyoming Controlled Substances Act Rules Chapter 10 Section 5(c)(viii) provides that "a controlled substance prescription may be issued on security paper or faxed to a pharmacy when the practitioner's electronic prescribing system is not functioning. The practitioner shall not prescribe for more than a thirty (30) day supply and shall write on the face of the prescription 'E-Prescribing System Not Functioning.'" Section 6 of the Chapter provides the following additional requirements for non-electronic controlled substance prescriptions


(a) All non-electronic controlled substance prescriptions shall meet the following requirements;

(i) The controlled substance prescription shall be issued on security paper. Any controlled substance prescription issued by a Wyoming practitioner that is on non-security paper shall not be dispensed by a pharmacist.

(ii) All non-electronic controlled substance prescriptions issued by a practitioner shall be wet signed.

(iii) All non-electronic controlled substance prescriptions shall be dated and signed with the date they are issued to the patient.

(b) Non-electronic controlled substance prescriptions shall not contain stickers. 

(c) Non-electronic controlled substance prescriptions shall not be written in pencil.


Wyoming Medicaid's Pharmacy Services website has important claims information posted regarding the disruption. Please visit the site for more information and stay updated.


 

The Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy proposes to amend Chapter 10 of the Wyoming Pharmacy Act Rules and Regulations to make conforming changes with the recent continuing education revisions to Chapter 6.

 

As required by Wyoming Statute § 16-3-103(a)(i)(G), these rules meet minimum substantive state statutory requirements.

 

Chapter 10: Pharmacy Technician Regulations

 

Requests for copies of the proposed revisions may be addressed to the Board executive director at 1712 Carey Avenue, Suite 200, Cheyenne, WY 82002. The proposed revisions are also posted on the Wyoming Secretary of State's website.


Comments may be submitted to the Board by mail using the address above or to bop@wyo.gov on or before February 23, 2024, at 5 PM MST. 


A Reminder that PREP Act Declaration for COVID-19 Countermeasures were extended through December 2024

PREP Act immunity from liability was extended by HHS through December 2024 to pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 and seasonal influenza vaccines (to those individuals three and over, consistent with other requirements), and COVID-19 tests, regardless of any USG agreement or emergency declaration.

ALERT Phishing Scam

The Board office has received reports that pharmacists are receiving calls that appear to come from the Board office’s main phone number and that the caller identifies himself or herself as an agent with the Board. The caller is able to confirm some of the pharmacist’s information, such as license number, National Provider Identifier number, and place of employment.

In some cases, the caller accuses the pharmacist of having committed a violation, that his or her license may be suspended or revoked, and that the pharmacist will be arrested if he or she does not answer the caller’s questions. In some cases, the caller alleges that the pharmacist was involved in prescription drug trafficking. Some pharmacists have reported that the caller becomes aggressive and demanding, threatening to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation come and arrest the pharmacist if he or she does not comply. 

The Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy will not contact or interact with you in this manner.

The Federal Trade Commission has useful consumer information on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams available at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams. If you receive such a phone call, please call and report it to the Federal Communications Commission at 888/225- 5322.


REMINDER ALERT

Healthcare Distribution Alliance Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition Fraud Alert

The Board's September 2022 newsletter had an article on the Healthcare Distribution Alliance Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition's fraud alert that outlines some new methodologies that are being used to divert both small and large drug shipments. These schemes may involve the impersonation of regulatory personnel, including individuals from state boards of pharmacy and departments of health. They may also involve the impersonation of pharmacy or distributor staff. 

Last week a pharmacy in Casper reported being contacted by a scammer posing as the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy, who tried to obtain their wholesale distributor account number. In 2022, a pharmacy in Rock Springs, WY, reported being contacted by a scammer posing as their distributor, who said that they had shipped product to the pharmacy in error and requested that the shipment be returned.

More information is available from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. If you experience an attempt at this type of scam, please email cforsaith@hda.org so that it can be shared with law enforcement.

ALERT Fraudulent Prescription SCAM

The Board has received alerts from pharmacies that an individual or group of individuals are calling in prescriptions for Azithromycin, Ibuprofen, and Promethazine with Codeine.  Most of the calls have allegedly come from practitioners in Washington. In some instances, they are asking for particular manufacturers of Promethazine with Codeine, attempting to call multiple sets of prescriptions in at one time, and have requested the pharmacy to ship into another state.  The Board urges pharmacists to be cautious and to utilize their professional judgment when exercising their corresponding responsibility and to carefully evaluate such prescriptions for validity before dispensing.  

1712 Carey Ave. Ste 200 Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307-634-9636     Fax: 307-634-6335     

bop@wyo.gov