SACRAMENTO -- The California State Board of Pharmacy here plans to require mail-order pharmacies to counsel patients via telephone prior to dispensing a new or changed prescription, but its final decision may be vetoed by the state's Department of Consumer Affairs. On July 28, the board voted 7 to 2 to proceed with the implementation of the mail-order counseling regulation, with a final vote set for Oct. 24. The regulation is based on SB 1051, 1993, legislation passed last year in ...

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