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  • NJ A2183
  • Requires county health departments to maintain reserve stock of opioid antidotes to dispense to certain entities on interim basis to ensure uninterrupted supply.*
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(10/6/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would amend the State's "Overdose Prevention Act," P.L.2013, c.42 (C.24:6J-1 et seq.), in order to require each county health department to obtain, through a standing order, and to maintain in an accessible storage location, a healthy reserve stock of opioid antidotes for interim dispensation thereby to first responders and hospital pharmacies within its jurisdiction. The exact amount of opioid antidotes that are to be kept in reserve stock would be determined by the director of each county health department, in consultation with the county prosecutor, the county association of police chiefs, and the county association of fire chiefs, and with input from the hospitals, emergency medical responders, and emergency medical response entities operating in the county. The bill would specify that, whenever a first responder or first response entity in the county exhausts the supply of opioid antidotes that has been dispensed thereto pursuant to a standing order issued under the Overdose Prevention Act, the county health department will be required to immediately provide the first responder or first response entity with an interim supply of opioid antidotes from the reserve stock that is maintained pursuant to the bill's provisions. The interim supply would need to be sufficient to ensure that the first responder or first response entity, as the case may be, will have adequate stock to continue to administer or dispense opioid antidotes, as appropriate, during the interim period when the first responder or first response entity is awaiting the receipt of a new stock of opioid antidotes pursuant to the standing order. The bill would similarly provide that, whenever a hospital pharmacy exhausts its available supply of opioid antidotes or the material components needed for its pharmacists to produce and dispense opioid antidotes pursuant to the Overdose Prevention Act, the county health department will be required to immediately provide the pharmacy with an interim supply of opioid antidotes from the reserve stock that is maintained pursuant to the bill's provisions. The interim supply would need to be sufficient to ensure that the pharmacy will have adequate stock to continue to dispense opioid antidotes, as authorized by the Overdose Prevention Act, during the interim period when the pharmacy is awaiting the receipt of a new stock of opioid antidotes or the component materials necessary to produce the same. Any first responder, first response entity, or hospital pharmacy that obtains an interim supply of opioid antidotes from the reserve stock maintained pursuant to the bill's provisions would be responsible for repaying the county health department for the costs associated with the department's acquisition and delivery of such interim supply. The bill would expressly authorize the various county health departments in the State to enter into shared service agreements, in accordance with the "Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act," sections 1 through 35 of P.L.2007, c.63 (C.40A:65-1 through C.40A:65-35), in order to facilitate the acquisition of opioid antidotes at discounted rates, minimize delivery costs, or otherwise facilitate the implementation of the bill's provisions. The bill would require the Commissioner of Human Services to establish rules and regulations to identify the manner and timeframe in which a first responder, first response entity, or hospital pharmacy must notify the respective county health department about the need for interim opioid antidote supplies under the bill's provisions, and the manner and timeframe in which a first responder, first response entity, or hospital pharmacy must provide reimbursement to the county health department for the costs of acquiring and delivering such interim supplies. Finally, the bill would specify, consistent with the existing provisions of the Overdose Prevention Act, that any county health department or employee of a county health department that provides a first responder, first response entity, or hospital pharmacy with an interim supply of opioid antidotes from the reserve stock maintained pursuant to the bill's provisions, will be immune from criminal or civil liability, or any disciplinary action, in association with the provision of such interim supply.
Health and Senior Services
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 10/6/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
10/6/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
10/6/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (10:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/6/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 11 0 2