The House passed House Bill 157 unanimously last week, and that makes sense since this bill just removes ridiculous procedural roadblocks to some common sense medical solutions.
For example, somehow prescriptions issued electronically (i.e. through email) is currently disallowed. 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.
|House Bill 157 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Wilson-Anton||House Passed 41-0. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||None|
|Current Status —||Senate Health & Social Services 5/20/21|