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  • NJ S295
  • Requires DOH to issue standing order authorizing pharmacists to dispense opioid antidotes to patients without individual prescriptions.*
Introduced
(1/12/2016)
In Committee
(2/27/2017)
Crossed Over
(3/23/2017)
Passed
(5/25/2017)
Signed
(6/9/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by supplementing the "New Jersey Pharmacy Practice Act," P.L.2003, c.280 (C.45:14-40 et seq.) and amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act," (OPA) P.L.2013, c.46 (C.24:6J-1 et seq.), in order to authorize pharmacists to supply opioid antidotes to patients without prescriptions under standardized protocols that are to be adopted by the Board of Pharmacy in accordance with the bill's provisions. The authority granted by the bill would be in addition to the existing authority of pharmacists to supply opioid antidotes to patients without prescriptions under a standing order issued by a physician. The bill would define the term "patient" - consistent with the OPA - to mean a person who is at risk of an opioid overdose or a person who is not at risk of an opioid overdose who, in the person's individual capacity, obtains an opioid antidote from a pharmacist for the purpose of administering that antidote to another person in an emergency, in accordance with the provisions of the OPA. The bill would provide, in particular, that a licensed pharmacist may dispense or otherwise supply an opioid antidote to any patient who is deemed to be capable of administering the same, regardless of whether that patient presents an individual prescription for the antidote. The bill would require the Board of Pharmacy, within 90 days after the bill's effective date, to adopt standardized protocols to be used by licensed pharmacists when furnishing an opioid antidote to a patient who does not present a prescription therefor. The protocols must be consistent with the provisions of the OPA, and must require a pharmacist to determine that the patient seeking the antidote is capable of administering the same to an overdose victim in an emergency. This is the same determination that must be made under the OPA before a pharmacist may dispense an opioid antidote to any person or entity under a standing order. Any pharmacist who acts in good faith, and in accordance with the bill's requirements, in supplying an opioid antidote to a patient without a prescription, would be immune under the OPA from any civil or criminal liability or any professional disciplinary action stemming from such act. The bill would also make minor technical and clarifying corrections to the OPA, in order to correct citations, ensure internal consistency, remove pejorative language, and clarify imprecise language therein.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Health and Senior Services, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.88.  (on 6/9/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/9/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.88.
5/25/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (38-0)
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
3/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (74-0-0)
3/23/2017 A Substituted for A2334 (1R)
2/27/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 A-4620 (Conaway) (pending intro & referral) Prohibits use of cou)
1/30/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 The committee will hear testimony from invited guests concerning)
1/30/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (10:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
5/26/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
5/26/2016 S Passed by the Senate (38-0)
5/2/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
5/2/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 5/2/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 38 0 2
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A2334 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 2/27/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 12 0 1
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 5/2/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported Favorably 8 0 1