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Engrossed House Bill (S)

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Pharmacy matters. Allows a pharmacy that holds a retail permit to offer drugs and devices to a long term care facility and a health facility. Allows a pharmacy to transfer, upon the request of a patient, certain prescriptions for the patient that the pharmacy has received but not filled to another pharmacy. Provides that a pharmacy may not terminate employment of, demote, or retaliate against an employee of the pharmacy for lawfully defending himself or herself from physical harm or a crime. Provides that injectable epinephrine or glucagon must have an expiration date of not less than 12 months from Pharmacy matters. Allows a pharmacy that holds a retail permit to offer drugs and devices to a long term care facility and a health facility. Allows a pharmacy to transfer, upon the request of a patient, certain prescriptions for the patient that the pharmacy has received but not filled to another pharmacy. Provides that a pharmacy may not terminate employment of, demote, or retaliate against an employee of the pharmacy for lawfully defending himself or herself from physical harm or a crime. Provides that injectable epinephrine or glucagon must have an expiration date of not less than 12 months from the date that the pharmacy dispenses the injectable epinephrine or glucagon to a person. Provides that an automated dispensing system that meets certain requirements may be operated in a location other than through a registered remote dispensing facility. Allows a qualifying pharmacist who is absent to have a designee in the pharmacist's place at a remote dispensing facility. Allows the board of pharmacy to establish continuing education rules for pharmacy technicians who are at a remote dispensing facility that is not staffed by a pharmacist. Provides that auditory communication must be available, as needed, with the remote dispensing facility and the qualifying pharmacist. Requires the board to adopt emergency rules concerning automated dispensing systems. Provides that the term "wholesale distribution", for purposes of the wholesale legend drug distributor laws, does not include the sale or transfer of a drug by a charitable organization to: (1) a nonprofit affiliate of the organization; or (2) a nonprofit entity that is not affiliated with the organization; to the extent permitted by law. Adds gabapentin to the definition of "controlled substance" for purposes of the Indiana scheduled prescription electronic collection and tracking (INSPECT) program. ... View more