Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Clarifies required qualifications for an immunizing pharmacist, prohibits immunizations to patients under the age of 14, and amends requirements for vaccines to be administered by a pharmacist to other patients under the age of 18. Makes other clarifying and conforming amendments. Requires that the State Health Director, in consultation with the Commission for Public Health, establish standards for the administration of immunizations by pharmacists no later than January 1, 2012. Sets out standards to be included and instructs the Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board to adopt rules to implement the standards developed by the Director. Specifies the rule to govern certain vaccines; provided, however, that an immunizing pharmacist be granted authority to administer influenza vaccine.
Bill Summaries: S246 EXPAND PHARMACISTS' IMMUNIZING AUTHORITY.
Bill S 246 (2011-2012)Summary date: Jun 8 2011 - View Summary
Bill S 246 (2011-2012)Summary date: Mar 7 2011 - View Summary
Enacts new GS 90-85.3A in Article 4A of GS Chapter 90 to authorize a pharmacist who meets four specified criteria, to administer any vaccine or immunization recommended or required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provided the pharmacist follows the listed limitations and requirements.
Deletes the description of practice of pharmacy in GS 90-85.3(r), and incorporates those provisions into new GS 90-85.3A. Makes a conforming change.
Makes conforming changes to GS 130A-153 and 130A-154(a) (pertaining to immunizations under the Public Health Law).
Effective October 1, 2011.