Bill Summary for H 195 (2015-2016)

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Apr 1 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 195 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 10, 2015
AN ACT AMENDING THE NORTH CAROLINA PHARMACY PRACTICE ACT TO ALLOW FOR THE SUBSTITUTION OF AN INTERCHANGEABLE BIOLOGICAL PRODUCT.
Intro. by Dollar, S. Martin, Avila, Lambeth.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

GS 90-85.28, as amended in the 1st edition, requires in subsection (b2) that a pharmacist or the pharmacist's designee communicate to the prescriber the product name and manufacturer of the specific interchangeable biological product dispensed to a patient.

Amends subsection GS 90-85.28(b2) to clarify that the communication must be done by making an entry into an interoperable electronic medical records system, electronic prescribing technology, or a pharmacy record that can be electronically accessed by the provider. Adds that the communication may also be made via a pharmacy benefit management system.

Adds a new subsection (b4) to GS 90-85.28 to provide that if the state mandates electronic medical records between a pharmacist and a prescriber as described in subsection (b2), then the pharmacist is only required to communicate the biological product dispensed through an electronic medical records system when such a system is in place and the information is accessible by the prescriber.

Provides that GS 90-85.28(b2) and GS 90- 85.28(b4) expire on October 1, 2020.

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