HB 1568 Allows pharmacists to sell and dispense opioid antagonists
Sponsor: Brown
LR Number: 4495H.03T Fiscal Notes
Committee: Veterans' Affairs and Health
Last Action: 6/21/2016 - Signed by Governor Journal Page: S3704-3705
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2016
House Handler: Lynch

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Current Bill Summary

HB 1568 - This act allows a pharmacist to dispense an opioid antagonist pursuant to a physician protocol.

A pharmacist 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 who is authorized to prescribe an opioid antagonist 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.

This act is substantially similar to SB 813 (2016) and similar to HB 538 (2015).