Regarding the Dispensing of Naloxone Hydrochloride by Pharmacists

Last updated: Jul 4, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Karen Vachon, House 29
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1594

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill becomes law on June 24th without the Governor's signature. As an emergency measure, it becomes law immediately. Here's a link to the final statutory language.

UPDATE: This bill has passed the House and Senate. It awaits action by Governor LePage.

UPDATE: This bill is tabled in the House.

UPDATE: This bill received a majority Ought to Pass as Amended report from the committee.

Summary:

This bill provides that a pharmacist may prescribe and dispense naloxone hydrochloride to an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose or to a person in a position to assist such an individual. Current law provides that a pharmacist may dispense naloxone hydrochloride to such an individual or person. The bill also provides that the rules adopted by the Maine Board of Pharmacy authorizing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense naloxone hydrochloride must establish adequate training requirements and protocols for prescribing and dispensing naloxone hydrochloride when there is no prescription drug order, standing order or collaborative practice agreement authorizing naloxone hydrochloride to be dispensed to the intended recipient.