HB 538 Allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to sell and dispense opioid antagonists

Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

SCS/HCS/HB 538 - This act allows a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to dispense an opioid antagonist pursuant to a physician protocol to any person who is eighteen years or older with valid identification. The pharmacist or technician shall record the sale, identification number of the dispensed drug, and the name, address, and date of birth of the person receiving the prescription.

A pharmacist or technician who when acting in good faith and with reasonable care sells or dispenses an opioid antagonist, the protocol physician, or a person who administers in good faith an opioid antagonist to another shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability or professional discipline for dispensing or administering the drug.

The act states that it is permissible for a person to possess an opioid antagonist and any person who administers an opioid antagonist to another shall contact emergency personnel immediately after administration.

A person acting under a standing order issued by a health care professional with prescriptive authority may store an opioid antagonist without being subject to pharmacy licensing and permitting requirements and may dispense an opioid antagonist if the person does not collect a fee or compensation.


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