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Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist

Concerning responsibilities of a pharmacist related to opiate antagonists.
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: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Under Consideration


Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

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


Sen. K. Priola


Sen. J. Ginal