How to get a pharmacist’s license in Wyoming

How to get a pharmacist’s license in Wyoming

August 5, 2021 Comments Off on How to get a pharmacist’s license in Wyoming By admin

How do you get a Wyoming pharmacist to sign up for a state-licensed pharmacy?

That’s the question that’s being asked in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Wyo.

The suit was filed Tuesday by the Alliance for Access to Pharmacy (AAP), a group of pharmacists who say that the Wyoming law violated their rights as pharmacists to make patient care decisions.

The suit seeks a court order to block the law from taking effect and also to block any other Wyoming law from regulating pharmacist licenses.

The Wyoming pharmacy license is the only state license for the profession in the country.

“This is about the right to make your own medicine,” said Chris Kuchera, an attorney with the American Association of State Pharmacists (AASP), which is representing the pharmacy license holders in the case.

“We’re not asking for a blanket ban.

We’re asking for specific requirements for the licensure.”

The state law states that a pharma licensed in Wyoming must have at least three years of experience as a pharmacare provider and must have a pharmacare prescription in their personnel file.

A pharmacist who is licensed in another state and has no experience working in Wyoming would still be able to perform routine care at home and have a pharmacy license in another jurisdiction, the lawsuit says.

“The statute is blatantly unconstitutional and must be struck down,” said Aaron Ander, an associate attorney with APA, in a statement.

“It will allow Wyoming’s pharmacist population to suffer under burdensome regulations, particularly in the first place, that are not based on medical necessity.”

The law also makes it harder for people with disabilities to access healthcare, the suit says.

The law prohibits pharmacists from offering appointments or providing prescriptions to individuals with physical disabilities.

A Pharmacy Board of Wyoming spokesperson said in a press release that it has not received the lawsuit and would have no further comment.

In the suit, APA says that the law violates the American College of Pharmacists Code of Ethics.

In a press conference Wednesday, APAs general counsel, Chris Kochera said the law’s provision that allows a pharmapist to refuse to accept an order to take medication from a person with a physical disability violates the APA Code of Ethical Principles.

Kocherab says he’s not going to stop working as a pharmacist in Wyoming, but said that he would not be allowed to do so under the new law.

He says he can’t continue working as an RN because of his disability, and his wife is pregnant.

Kucheras lawsuit asks the judge to strike down the law, which the APAs website says “is not only discriminatory and unconstitutional, but also unnecessary, burdensome and unlawful.”

The Wyoming Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling by July.