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Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist

Concerning responsibilities of a pharmacist related to opiate antagonists, and, in connection therewith, authorizing a pharmacist to prescribe an opiate antagonist and requiring a pharmacist who dispenses an opioid to offer to prescribe or dispense an opiate antagonist in certain situations.
2021 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The bill authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe an opiate antagonist.

The bill requires a pharmacist who dispenses an opioid to an individual to inform the individual of the potential dangers of a high dose of opioid and offer to prescribe the individual an opiate antagonist if:

  • In the pharmacist's professional judgment, the individual would benefit from the information;
  • The individual has a history of prior opioid overdose or substance use disorder;
  • The individual is, at the same time, prescribed a benzodiazepine, a sedative hypnotic drug, carisoprodol, tramadol, or gabapentin; or
  • The opioid prescription being dispensed is at or in excess of 90 morphine milligram equivalent.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. R. Fields
Rep. K. Mullica, Rep. R. Pelton


Sen. K. Priola


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