(a) The governor shall appoint the members of the board and shall make appointments so that the pharmacist members of the board shall be graduates of a recognized school or college of pharmacy. In making appointments to the board, the governor shall strive to ensure that at least one (1) person serving on the board is sixty (60) years of age or older and that one (1) person serving on the board is a member of a racial minority.
Terms Used In Tennessee Code 63-10-302
- Board: means the Tennessee board of pharmacy. See Tennessee Code 63-10-204
- Oath: includes affirmation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
- Person: means any individual, partnership, association, corporation and the state, its departments, agencies and employees, and the political subdivisions of Tennessee and their departments, agencies and employees, except the department of health and local health departments. See Tennessee Code 63-10-204
- Pharmacist: means an individual health care provider licensed by the state, pursuant to parts 4-6 of this chapter, to practice the profession of pharmacy. See Tennessee Code 63-10-204
- Pharmacy: means a location licensed by this state where drugs are compounded or dispensed under the supervision of a pharmacist, as defined in the rules of the board and where prescription orders are received or processed. See Tennessee Code 63-10-204
- Practice of pharmacy: means a patient-oriented health service profession in which pharmacists interact and consult with patients and other health care professionals to enhance patients' wellness, prevent illness, and optimize outcomes. See Tennessee Code 63-10-204
- State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
(b) No pharmacist shall be eligible for appointment to the board unless such person has been a pharmacist under this or some other law of this state for a period of at least five (5) years and, during the terms of such person’s incumbency, shall be actively engaged in the practice of pharmacy.
(c) No consumer shall be eligible for appointment to the board to represent the public at large unless such person has been a resident of Tennessee for at least five (5) years, currently resides in Tennessee and is a nonhealth care professional by education. The consumer member shall not own or have any financial or other interest in any health care facility or business.
(d) The terms of appointment shall be for six (6) years, or until their successors have qualified, and no member of the board is eligible for reappointment.
(e) Interested pharmacist groups, including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, may annually recommend five (5) duly qualified persons for each vacancy from whom the governor may be requested to make appointments. The governor shall consult with such groups to determine qualified persons to fill the positions. The appointment provisions of this subsection (e) shall not apply to the consumer member serving on the board. Appointees shall, within ten (10) days after appointment, make oath or affirmation to be filed with the secretary of state that they will faithfully and impartially perform their duties.
(f) Members guilty of misconduct may be removed by the governor upon the recommendation of the remaining members. Vacancies occurring other than by expiration of terms may be filled as to unexpired terms by the governor from the most recent list of nominees of the interested pharmacist groups as provided in subsection (e).