Tracking-Legislation, Rules & Policies


Bula keeps track of the continually changing laws and complex regulations that are critical to the practice of pharmacy.

Rapidly changing statutes, regulations and policies can place a business at risk for noncompliance, large fines, and the loss of customer trust.  Bula helps over 20,000 pharmacy-related businesses stay ahead of the industry’s changes so they can evaluate and manage risk quickly and effectively.

How do we do it?  Bula has a dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals and policy analysts that are continually monitoring the regulations, bills and policies that impact the practice of pharmacy.  We do this bychecking each state, DC, Puerto Rico and federal a minimum of once a week.  Once a proposed law becomes “critical” (e.g., passes both houses and is sent to the governor), we look at it daily so that we can alert our users when it is passed.  The process is both proactive and retroactive.

  • Proactive: Policy analysts check the legislative website, administrative register and other relevant sources (e.g., Board of Pharmacy website to obtain meeting Agendas and subregulatory policies/ guidance). They complete both key word searches and a summary review of all newly added bills, regulations, etc.  By doing this weekly, they are able to pick up bills that may have been amended to now impact pharmacy (e.g., an Arizona transportation bill is amended as a “strike everything” law and is then rewritten to impact pharmacy)

  • Retroactive: Once a law is identified, it is checked for movement.  If there is movement, a BulaBrief is sent telling of the event and its impact.

  • Other sources:  The policy analysts also receive emails from RSS feeds, state websites, Google alerts, etc. about laws we are tracking.



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