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HB 157 – Electronic Prescriptions and Hypodermic Syringes

House Bill 157 is another one is a series of bills this session authorizing either the prescription of common sense medical devices and medications, or insurance coverage of the same.

For reasons passing comprehension, somehow prescriptions issued electronically (i.e. through email) is currently disallowed. When you read these bills, you realize how backwards our state can be. So this bill will expand the definition of “prescription drug order” to include orders issued electronically.

Further, right now it is a felony for any person to deliver, dispose or give away a hypodermic syringe or needle shall be guilty of a class G felony. This a relic of the Drug War, and a stupid one, since it led to the sharing of needles and the spread of AIDS and other such diseases.

House Bill 157 repeals that crime and instead states that a licensed pharmacist, or pharmacist intern or pharmacy student under the supervision of a pharmacist, may provide hypodermic syringes or hypodermic needles, including pen needles  in the State without a prescription, but only to persons who have attained the age of 18 years. When providing hypodermic syringes or hypodermic needles without a prescription, the  pharmacist, pharmacist intern or pharmacy student must require proof of identification that validates the individual’s age.

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Current Status — House Health & Human Development 4/20/21

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