DATE: June 21, 2011
TO: The Public and Pharmacy Board licensees, registrants, and applicants
FROM: Cody Wiberg, Pharm.D., M.S., R.Ph.
RE: POTENTIAL SHUTDOWN OF STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES
By this memo I am informing licensees, registrants, applicants and the public that the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy may be closed as of July 1, 2011, due to a government shutdown. As you may know, the Minnesota State Legislature adjourned May 23, 2011, without appropriating money to fund the operations of state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2011.
The Board operates on a biennial budget. Funds are appropriated by the Legislature every two years, with each fiscal year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of the following calendar year. Our current biennial budget is due to end on June 30, 2011. In the absence of legislation appropriating funds for the continued operations of the Board during the next biennium, we will have no authority to expend funds after June 30, 2011.
Since we do not know whether the biennial budget process will conclude in time to avoid disruption of our operations, we must advise all members of the public that, in the absence of an appropriation, all services provided by the Board must be suspended as of July 1, 2011.
In the event of a government shutdown, the office of the Board of Pharmacy will not be open and staff will not be on duty. The Board will not issue licenses or registrations to new applicants, nor renew any existing licenses or registrations. The Board’s Web site, telephone system and e-mail server will not be operational. The Board will suspend complaint investigations, disciplinary activities, variance processing and inspections of licensed facilities. The Prescription Monitoring Program, which is partially administered for the Board by a vendor, may also be shut down.
Board staff will try to keep the public informed of progress regarding this issue, and will provide notice as soon as possible when budgets are approved and Board services can be resumed. However, I suggest that you also monitor the State’s main Web site, www.state.mn.us, and the media for further information.
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