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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends the Pharmacy Practice Act by requiring notification of a prescribing
10 practitioner when substituting a drug product equivalent for an epilepsy drug prescribed
11 to treat or prevent seizures.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . requires a pharmacist or pharmacy intern who substitutes a drug product equivalent
15 for an epilepsy drug prescribed to a patient to treat or prevent seizures to notify the
16 prescribing practitioner prior to the substitution, regardless of whether the
17 substitution is a substitution of a generic drug for another generic drug, a generic
18 drug for a nongeneric drug, a nongeneric drug for another nongeneric drug, or a
19 nongeneric drug for a generic drug;
20 . provides an exception to the notification requirement; and
21 . makes technical changes.
22 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 58-17b-605, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 280
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 58-17b-605 is amended to read:
32 58-17b-605. Drug product equivalents.
33 (1) A pharmacist or pharmacy intern dispensing a prescription order for a specific drug
34 by brand or proprietary name may substitute [
35 Section 58-17b-102 , for the prescribed drug only if:
36 (a) the purchaser specifically requests or consents to the substitution of a drug product
38 (b) the [
39 designated the therapeutic equivalent in the approved drug products with therapeutic
40 equivalence evaluations prepared by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research of the
41 Federal Food and Drug Administration;
42 (c) the [
44 (d) the pharmacist or pharmacy intern counsels the patient on the use and the expected
45 response to the prescribed drug, whether a substitute or not, and the substitution is not
46 otherwise prohibited by this chapter;
47 (e) the prescribing practitioner has not indicated that [
49 (f) the substitution is not otherwise prohibited by law.
50 (2) (a) Each out-of-state mail service pharmacy dispensing a [
51 equivalent as a substitute for another drug into this state shall notify the patient of the
52 substitution either by telephone or in writing.
53 (b) Each out-of-state mail service pharmacy shall comply with the requirements of this
54 chapter with respect to [
55 drug, including labeling and record keeping[
56 (3) Pharmacists or pharmacy interns may not substitute without the prescriber's
57 authorization on trade name drug product prescriptions unless the product is currently
58 categorized in the approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations prepared by
59 the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research of the Federal Food and Drug Administration as a
60 drug product considered to be therapeutically equivalent to another drug product.
61 (4) A pharmacist or pharmacy intern who dispenses a prescription with a drug product
62 equivalent under this section assumes no greater liability than would be incurred had the
63 pharmacist or pharmacy intern dispensed the prescription with the drug product prescribed.
64 (5) (a) If, in the opinion of the prescribing practitioner, it is in the best interest of the
65 patient that [
66 the practitioner may indicate a prohibition on substitution either by writing "dispense as written"
67 or [
68 prescription order and captioned "dispense as written" or "substitution permitted".
69 (b) If the prescription is communicated orally by the prescribing practitioner to the
70 pharmacist or pharmacy intern, the practitioner shall indicate the prohibition on substitution and
71 that indication shall be noted in writing by the pharmacist or pharmacy intern with the name of
72 the practitioner and the words "orally by" and the initials of the pharmacist or pharmacy
74 (6) [
75 for a prescribed drug shall communicate the substitution[
76 purchaser. The drug product equivalent container shall be labeled with the name of the drug
77 dispensed, and the pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy technician shall indicate on the file
78 copy of the prescription both the name of the prescribed drug and the name of the drug product
79 equivalent dispensed in its place.
80 (7) (a) For purposes of Subsection (7), "substitutes" means to substitute:
81 (i) a generic drug for another generic drug;
82 (ii) a generic drug for a nongeneric drug;
83 (iii) a nongeneric drug for another nongeneric drug; or
84 (iv) a nongeneric drug for a generic drug.
85 (b) A prescribing practitioner who makes a finding under Subsection (5)(a) for a patient
86 with a seizure disorder shall indicate a prohibition on substitution of a drug product equivalent
87 in the manner provided in Subsection (5)(a) or (b).
88 (c) Except as provided in Subsection (7)(d), a pharmacist or pharmacy intern who
89 cannot dispense the prescribed drug as written, and who needs to substitute a drug product
90 equivalent for the drug prescribed to the patient to treat or prevent seizures shall notify the
91 prescribing practitioner prior to the substitution.
92 (d) Notification under Subsection (7)(c) is not required if the drug product equivalent is
93 paid for in whole or in part by Medicaid.
95 authorized does not constitute evidence of negligence.
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