PRINTER'S NO. 225
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
274
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY J. WARD, SCARNATI, MENSCH, YAW, YUDICHAK,
PHILLIPS-HILL, K. WARD, WHITE, REGAN, BLAKE AND SABATINA,
FEBRUARY 7, 2019
REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE,
FEBRUARY 7, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of September 27, 1961 (P.L.1700, No.699),
entitled "An act relating to the regulation of the practice
of pharmacy, including the sales, use and distribution of
drugs and devices at retail; and amending, revising,
consolidating and repealing certain laws relating thereto,"
further providing for authority to administer injectable
medications, biologicals and immunizations.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 9.2 of the act of September 27, 1961
(P.L.1700, No.699), known as the Pharmacy Act, is amended to
read:
Section 9.2. Authority to Administer Injectable Medications,
Biologicals and Immunizations.--(a) The board shall by
regulation establish education and training standards and
practice guidelines pursuant to which pharmacists shall be
authorized to administer injectable medications, biologicals and
immunizations to persons who are more than [eighteen] nine years
of age [and influenza immunizations] by injectable or needle-
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free delivery methods [to persons nine years of age and older].
Such standards and guidelines shall include, but not be limited
to, the following:
(1) Satisfactory completion of an academic and practical
curriculum approved by the board that includes the current
guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in the Public Health Service of the
United States Department of Health and Human Services, the
American Council on Pharmaceutical Education or a similar health
authority or professional body and includes, but is not limited
to, disease epidemiology, vaccine characteristics, injection
technique, emergency response to adverse events and related
topics.
(1.1) Accept as proof of education and training standards
the immunization credentials or a license of an individual who,
at the time of filing an application is licensed as a pharmacist
and has immunization credentials or a license, if applicable, in
another state or territory of the United States.
(2) Maintenance of a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) certificate acceptable to the board.
(3) That the administration of injectable medications,
biologicals and immunizations be in accordance with a definitive
set of treatment guidelines established by a physician and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices guidelines or another competent
authority approved by the board.
(4) That a minimum of two hours of the thirty-hour
requirement for continuing education for license renewal be
dedicated to this area of practice.
(5) For individuals under eighteen years of age, that
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parental consent be obtained prior to administration.
Administration of [influenza] immunizations by injectable or
needle-free delivery methods shall be in accordance with the
immunization schedule established by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices or another competent authority.
(6) Maintenance of a level of professional liability
insurance coverage in the minimum amount of one million dollars
($1,000,000) per occurrence or claims made. Failure to maintain
insurance coverage as required shall subject the licensees to
disciplinary proceedings. The board shall accept as satisfactory
evidence of insurance coverage any of the following:
(i) personally purchased liability insurance;
(ii) professional liability insurance coverage provided by
the individual licensee's employer; or
(iii) similar insurance coverage acceptable to the board.
(7) Notification of the individual's primary care provider,
if known, within forty-eight hours of administration.
(b) A pharmacist's authority to administer injectable
medications, biologicals and immunizations shall not be
delegated to any other person. A pharmacy intern who has
completed a course of education and training which meets the
requirements of subsection (a)(1) and (2) may administer
injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations to persons
who are more than [eighteen] nine years of age [and influenza
immunizations] by injectable or needle-free delivery [methods to
persons nine years of age and older] and only under the direct,
immediate and personal supervision of a pharmacist holding the
authority to administer injectable medications, biologicals and
immunizations.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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