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Title Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist
Status Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/10/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors K. Mullica (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

The bill authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe an opiate antagonist.

The bill requires a pharmacist who dispenses an opioid to an
individual to inform the individual of the potential dangers of a high dose
of opioid and offer to prescribe the individual an opiate antagonist if:
  • In the pharmacist's professional judgment, the individual
would benefit from the information;
  • The individual has a history of prior opioid overdose or
substance use disorder;
  • The individual is, at the same time, prescribed a
benzodiazepine, a sedative hypnotic drug, carisoprodol,
tramadol, or gabapentin; or
  • The opioid prescription being dispensed is at or in excess
of 90 morphine milligram equivalent.

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