Frequently Asked Questions

The Board staff has put together answers to many Frequently Asked Questions. Please review these prior to calling or emailing with your question.
Please also review the Newsletter articles available. An index is available here.

Topics include:

FAQs - Licensing and Registration-click on topic
Licensing and Registration
Certification for Technicians
Complaints
Graduates of Foreign Schools
Applications or Renewals with Criminal History
Renewal
Continuing Education
K-TRACS

FAQs - Pharmacy Practice - click on topic
Biosimilars
Compounding
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Changing or Canceling a CII
Controlled Substances
      Faxes
      Inventory
      Issuance of Multiple Prescriptions for Schedule II Controlled Substances
      Methadone
      Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
      Quantity Limits
      Partial Fills
      Return Drugs for Future Dispensing
      Theft or Loss
      Transfers
      Weight Loss
Counseling
Immunizations
Incident Reports
Licenses, Registrations, and Name Tags
Naloxone
Pharmacist-In-Charge (PIC)
Prescriptions
Records
Technicans

 

Licensing & Registration

  • Can I have a different name on my license or registration?

  • How can I change my name with the Board?

  • Can I apply for a license, registration, or permit online?

  • Can I submit my license, registration or permit application in person?

  • Where can I get a fingerprint card?

  • Where can I get fingerprinted?

  • How long does it take to process the background check?

  • What is the cost of the background check?

  • How can I find out the status of my application?

  • How long does it take to get a license, registration, or permit?

  • Why does my tech registration start with a 24- instead of a 14- prefix?

  • Does Kansas have reciprocity with other states?

  • How can I update my contact information with the Board?

  • Can I request a duplicate license/registration?

  • Can I find out if a license has been suspended or revoked?

  • I’ve been hired as a pharmacy technician. If I submit a pharmacy technician application to the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, can I work as a pharmacy technician for 30 days without an active registration?

  • How do I submit my intern experience hours to get licensed as a Pharmacist?

  • I’m a military spouse. Is there any way to expedite my application?

Certification for Technicians

Complaints

  • Who can file a complaint?

  • How do I file a complaint?

  • What should I submit with my complaint?

  • How will I know that the Board received my complaint?

  • What happens to my complaint once received?

  • Who investigates a complaint?

  • What happens during an investigation?

  • How long does an investigation take?

  • Will I be notified about the outcome of the investigation?

  • Can I find out who filed a complaint against me or my business?

  • How can I find out if there have been complaints or disciplinary action against a licensee or pharmacy?

  • Can I file a complaint anonymously?

Graduates of Foreign Schools

Applications or Renewals with Criminal History

Renewal

  • Can I renew online?

  • When does my license, registration, or permit expire?

  • Do my Continuing Education (CE) hours have to be completed before I can renew?

  • When does my renewal have to be received by the Board office?

  • Can I renew my license/registration/permit after it has expired?

  • How early can I renew my license, registration, or permit?

  • Do I have to pay the renewal fees and take continuing education if my license is on inactive status?

Continuing Education (CE)

  • How many CE hours do I need?

  • What is a CEU?

  • How do I request approval of a CE course or program?

  • Can a licensee request approval of CE course or program if he/she is not the provider?

  • How do I know if a CE course or program is approved in Kansas?

  • Can I carry-over unused CE hours from one license period to another?

  • Can I combine fractions of CE hours to receive full credit?

  • Do I have to send copies of my CE certificates to the Board?

  • Do I need to retain copies of my CE certificates?

  • Can I get CE hours by attending Board of Pharmacy meetings?

  • Can I request a waiver of my CE hours?

  • How do I submit my CE certificate to the Board?

  • How do I submit my CPE monitor to the Board?

  • Do I need to submit my CPE monitor?

  • Will my CE from Missouri, Oklahoma, or another state count in Kansas?

  • Can I request an extension of time to complete my CE?

  • If I have not obtained the required CE hours, can I renew my pharmacist license on inactive status?

  • What do I do if I receive a notice that my CE is being audited?

  • Can I use CE that I completed for my Pharmacy Technician national certification?

  • Do I have to take technician specific CE?

K-TRACS

  • K-TRACS

  • Can someone in my office enroll in K-TRACS?

  • Where can I get more information about using or reporting to K-TRACS?

  • Where can I find K-TRACS posters, brochures or patient notice information?

Biosimilars

Compounding

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Canceling or Changing a CII

  • How should a CII be cancelled?

  • What changes may a pharmacist make to a CII prescription?

Faxes

  • May a pharmacy dispense controlled substance prescriptions pursuant to a fax?

  • Must the faxed prescription be manually signed by the prescriber or is an electronic signature sufficient?

Inventory

  • When must an inventory of controlled substances be completed?

  • What drugs must be included?

Issuance of Multiple Prescriptions for Schedule II Controlled Substances

Methadone

  • Can a practitioner prescribe methadone for the treatment of pain?

  • May a hospital administer methadone or buprenorphine (or any other controlled substance) to maintain an addiction?

  • Can a patient in a Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) receive methadone for maintenance of opioid addiction?

Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Quantity Limits

Partial Fills

Return Drugs for Future Dispensing

Theft or Loss

Transfers

  • Can a pharmacy transfer a controlled substance prescription that is on hold or that has not been filled?

Weight Loss

  • Can a controlled substance be prescribed to treat weight loss?

Counseling

Immunizations

Incident Reports

Licenses, Registrations, and Name Tags

Naloxone

Pharmacist-In-Charge (PIC)

  • Can a pharmacist be a PIC at more than one pharmacy?

  • What must be done when a PIC resigns?

  • What are the responsibilities of a PIC?

  • How much time must a PIC actually work in the pharmacy?

Prescriptions

  • Who can write a prescription?

  • Can a Kansas pharmacy fill a foreign prescription?

  • Who may receive a new prescription?

  • Can a pharmacy accept a prescription for “Office Use”?

  • How long are prescriptions valid after a doctor moves out of state, retires or dies?

Records

  • How long must pharmacy records be maintained?

  • What records must be maintained and retained for 5 years?

  • What does “readily retrievable” mean?

  • If the Kansas Board of Pharmacy inspector requests information about a patient or, can the pharmacist or technician provide this information and not violate HIPAA?

  • What records can be stored OFF-SITE?

Technicians

  • Does a technician have to be registered with the Board?

  • What functions may a technician perform?

  • What documentation must be kept concerning technician training?

  • What is the technician: Pharmacist ratio?

  • May a person function as a pharmacy technician before being registered with the Board?