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Legislature Status: Adjourned sine die March 12.
HB 301 – This Bill Amends Provisions Relating to Dispensing Medical Practitioners and Dispensing Medical Practitioner Clinic Pharmacies.
Issues: Workers’ Compensation (General), Workers’ Compensation (Networks), Physician Dispensing
This measure permits certain licensed health professionals to practice as dispensing medical practitioners. This measure applies to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and optometrists. Under this measure, anyone licensed in these professions is permitted to practice as a dispensing medical practitioner if they hold a valid license. Licenses to act as a pharmacy are not required to operate a dispensing practice. Under this measure, dispensing practitioners may dispense a drug at a licensed dispensing practice so long as the drug is not a controlled substance, packaged in a fixed quantity per package, is not gabapentin, and dispensed at a dispensing practice under a prescription issued by the dispensing practitioner. Dispensing practitioners may not dispense more than a 30-days supply of a drug, or dispense a drug for outpatient use if the claim is for a workers’ compensation or automobile insurance claim and the practitioner is not contracted with a pharmacy network established by the claim payor. When a dispensing practitioner dispenses a drug to a patient they must disclose verbally and in writing that the patient has the right to fill the prescription through a pharmacy (not required to fill through the dispensing practice) and if the patient is responsible to pay cash for the drug, disclose that they are responsible to provide such payment and that amount will be charged by the dispensing practice. Dispensing practices are required to designate at least one responsible dispensing practitioner. They must be currently licensed to prescribe, practice at the dispensing practice, and accept responsibility for the operation of the practice. This measure outlines an application process for dispensing practitioners and practices and requires regular administrative inspections of practices. Licensed dispensing practices are required to report in writing a theft of a drug immediately after the licensed dispensing practice is aware the theft has occurred. Additionally, the division is required to make rules for dispensing practice operating standards, including standards for inventory control and patient counseling. “Physician” means someone who holds a valid license as a physician, surgeon, or osteopathic physician or surgeon. “Dispense” means the delivery by a prescriber of a prescription drug or device to a patient, including the packaging, labeling, and security necessary to prepare and safeguard the drug or device for supplying to a patient. It does not include prescribing or administering a drug or device or delivering to a patient a sample packaged for individual use by a licensed manufacturer or re-packager of a drug or device. “Dispensing practitioner” means an individual who is currently licensed as a physician and surgeon, an osteopathic physician and surgeon, an advanced practice registered nurse, or a physician assistant, is authorized to prescribe and administer drugs, and practices at a licensed dispensing practice. This measure takes effect 60 days after adjournment.
Most Recent Update:
3/24/2022 This measure was signed by Governor Spencer Cox (R). This measure takes effect May 3, 2022.