Legislators are considering new bills that would expand pharmacists' authority, House Bill 6768 and Senate Bill 1102. HB 6768 allows pharmacists to independently prescribe FDA-approved hormonal and emergency contraceptives and includes protections for pharmacists who dispense pregnancy termination drugs. SB 1102 permits pharmacists to administer test-to-treat services for influenza, COVID-19 and HIV PEP/PrEP therapies, and to vaccinate individuals over the age of 12. It also includes insurance coverage for medication administration by pharmacists.
In an effort to fight the opioid criss, Governor Lamont announced that the state has received $1.3 million in funding for providers to integrate their electronic health records or pharmacy management systems with a Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)Gateway. This move will allow pharmacies to streamline their records and meet state requirements for preventing prescription drug abuse.
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In anticipation for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 9Q (the "Order") to enable pharmacies across the state to administer approved doses. These vaccines must be pursuant to an order by a licensed healthcare provider and must meet other state requirements. However, they give community pharmacies a greater role in vaccine administration and COVID-19 prevention.
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