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  • NJ A4709
  • Amends "Overdose Prevention Act" to clarify that pharmacists and health care practitioners may dispense opioid antidotes pursuant to standing order, and that prescribers may issue such standing order, with immunity from liability.
Introduced
(3/20/2017)
In Committee
(3/20/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would amend the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA), P.L.2013, c.46 (C.24:6J-1 et al.) to clarify that pharmacists and health care practitioners may dispense naloxone/Narcan and other opioid antidotes pursuant to a standing order, and that a prescriber may issue such a standing order, with immunity from civil, criminal, and professional liability. The OPA currently authorizes all "health care practitioners," including pharmacists, prescribers, and other practitioners, to dispense opioid antidotes, with immunity, "through a standing order." However, it does not expressly authorize a prescriber to issue a standing order to pharmacists and health care practitioners for dispensation purposes. The bill would correct this oversight. In so doing, the bill would redefine the term opioid antidote "recipient" to include pharmacists and health care practitioners, and it would amend the text of the OPA to include reference to all opioid antidote recipients, where appropriate. The bill would also make some other minor technical changes to the OPA, in order to: (1) correct erroneous citations appearing in the law; and (2) clarify that the immunity provisions of subsection d. of section 4 of the OPA (C.24:6J-4) are applicable only to those opioid recipients who are not already immunized under another provision of that section.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 3/20/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
3/20/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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