Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Pharmacies and pharmacists. Allows the state health commissioner or a designated public health authority who is a licensed prescriber to issue a statewide standing order, prescription, or protocol that allows a pharmacist to administer or dispense a smoking cessation product. Requires that the standing order, prescription, or protocol be posted on the Internet web site of the board of pharmacy (board). Allows: (1) more than four members of the same political party; and (2) individuals who are full-time members or professors at a school of pharmacy; to serve on the board. Allows the board to adopt emergency rules concerning pharmacies Pharmacies and pharmacists. Allows the state health commissioner or a designated public health authority who is a licensed prescriber to issue a statewide standing order, prescription, or protocol that allows a pharmacist to administer or dispense a smoking cessation product. Requires that the standing order, prescription, or protocol be posted on the Internet web site of the board of pharmacy (board). Allows: (1) more than four members of the same political party; and (2) individuals who are full-time members or professors at a school of pharmacy; to serve on the board. Allows the board to adopt emergency rules concerning pharmacies that perform compounding. Removes the requirement that a pharmacy permit and pharmacist's license be prominently displayed at the pharmacy. Removes the requirement that a prescriber be notified when there is a change in the quantity filled of certain prescriptions. Adds the following immunizations to the list of immunizations that pharmacists may administer if certain conditions are met: (1) Measles, mumps, and rubella. (2) Varicella. (3) Hepatitis A. (4) Hepatitis B. (5) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Allows a pharmacist to administer pneumonia immunizations to individuals who are at least 50 years of age. Requires a pharmacist to comply with the public health emergency consent requirements for immunizations administered during a public health emergency. Authorizes a pharmacist to administer immunizations under a standing order, prescription, or protocol of the state health commissioner. Defines "patient care", "remote dispensing facilities" and "telepharmacy" for purposes of the laws concerning remote dispensing facilities. Establishes a registration for pharmacy remote dispensing facilities and sets forth requirements for the registration. Makes various changes to the laws concerning drug regimens and the use of protocols. Requires that a health insurance policy and a health maintenance organization contract that provide coverage for prescription medications must provide for synchronized refill schedule coordination for prescription medications for chronic conditions. Provides that the taking of a controlled substance from: (1) a pharmacist acting in an official capacity; or (2) a pharmacy; is robbery, a Level 4 felony. Provides that: (1) the use of a deadly weapon; or (2) causing bodily injury to any person other than the defendant; during the robbery of: (A) a pharmacist acting in an official capacity; or (B) a pharmacy; is a Level 2 felony. Provides that causing serious bodily injury to any person other than the defendant during a robbery of: (1) a pharmacist acting in an official capacity; or (2) a pharmacy; is a Level 1 felony. ... View more