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Sixth Substitute S.B. 161
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends the Pharmacy Practice Act to permit certain prescribing practitioners
10 to dispense certain drugs without a license under the Pharmacy Practice Act, and makes
11 conforming amendments in the Utah Optometry Practice Act, the Nurse Practice Act,
12 the Utah Medical Practice Act, the Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act, and the
13 Physician Assistant Act.
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 . requires a prescribing practitioner who will dispense a drug without being licensed
17 under the Pharmacy Practice Act to notify the Division of Occupational and
18 Professional Licensing of the practitioner's intent to dispense;
19 . requires the dispensing practitioner to follow purchasing and distribution
20 requirements established by the division by administrative rule;
21 . defines cancer drug regimen;
22 . exempts an oncologist or medical personnel acting under the direction of an
23 oncologist from being licensed under the Pharmacy Practice Act to dispense a
24 cancer drug regimen to a patient who is undergoing chemotherapy in an outpatient
25 clinic setting;
26 . excludes Schedule I, II, and III drugs from the drugs an oncologist may dispense;
27 . makes it unprofessional conduct for a prescribing practitioner who dispenses a drug,
28 to dispense the drug in violation of the exemption in the Pharmacy Practice Act;
29 . directs the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to evaluate the
30 prescribing practitioner exemptions from licensing for dispensing drugs and to
31 report the findings of the evaluation to the Legislature; and
32 . sunsets the exemption from licensure for oncologists in July 2015.
33 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
35 Other Special Clauses:
37 Utah Code Sections Affected:
39 58-16a-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 160
40 58-17b-309, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 76
41 58-67-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 206
42 58-68-502, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 248
43 58-70a-502, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
44 63I-1-258, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 188
46 58-17b-309.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
48 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
49 Section 1. Section 58-16a-502 is amended to read:
50 58-16a-502. Unprofessional conduct.
51 "Unprofessional conduct" includes, in addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501 :
52 (1) using or employing the services of an optometric assistant to assist a licensee in any
53 manner not in accordance with:
54 (a) the generally recognized practices and standards of ethics of the profession; or
55 (b) applicable state law or division rule;
56 (2) failure to refer a patient to an appropriate licensed practitioner when:
57 (a) the patient's condition does not respond to treatment; or
58 (b) the treatment is not within the scope of competence or licensure of the licensee;
59 (3) providing confidential information regarding a patient to any third party who does
60 not have a legal and professional ground for obtaining the information;
61 (4) knowingly prescribing, selling, giving away, or administering any prescription drug
63 (a) for a legitimate medical purpose [
64 (b) upon a proper diagnosis indicating the use of the drug in the amount prescribed or
65 provided; and
66 (c) in compliance with Section 58-17b-309 ;
67 (5) giving or receiving directly or indirectly any fee, commission, rebate, or other
68 compensation for professional services not actually and personally rendered, except as part of a
69 legal relationship within a lawful professional partnership, corporation, or association;
70 (6) failure to transfer pertinent and necessary information from a patient's medical
71 records to another optometrist or physician when so requested by the patient or his
72 representative, as designated in writing; or
73 (7) failure to provide a contact lens prescription to a person who sells contact lenses in
74 accordance with Section 58-16a-306 .
75 Section 2. Section 58-17b-309 is amended to read:
76 58-17b-309. Exemptions from licensure.
77 (1) For purposes of this section:
78 (a) "Cosmetic drug":
79 (i) means a prescription drug that is:
80 (A) for the purpose of promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance of an
81 individual; and
82 (B) listed as a cosmetic drug subject to the exemption under this section by the division
83 by administrative rule; and
84 (ii) does not include a prescription drug that is:
85 (A) a controlled substance;
86 (B) compounded by the physician; or
87 (C) prescribed or used for the patient for the purpose of diagnosing, curing, mitigating,
88 treating, or preventing a disease.
89 (b) "Injectable weight loss drug":
90 (i) means an injectable prescription drug:
91 (A) prescribed to promote weight loss; and
92 (B) listed as an injectable prescription drug subject to exemption under this section by
93 the division by administrative rule; and
94 (ii) does not include a prescription drug that is a controlled substance.
95 (c) "Prescribing practitioner" means an individual licensed under:
96 (i) Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act, as an advanced practice registered nurse with
97 prescriptive practice;
98 (ii) Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act;
99 (iii) Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act; or
100 (iv) Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Act.
101 (2) In addition to the exemptions from licensure in [
102 58-17b-309.5 , the following individuals may engage in the acts or practices described in this
103 section without being licensed under this chapter:
104 (a) if the individual is described in Subsections (2)(b), (d), and (e), the individual
105 notifies the division in writing of the individual's intent to dispense a drug under this
108 58-16a-801 ;
110 personal supervision of a pharmacist while making satisfactory progress in an approved
111 program as defined in division rule;
113 injectable weight loss drug to the prescribing practitioner's patient in accordance with
114 Subsection (4); [
116 optometrist's scope of practice as defined in Section 58-16a-601 , who prescribes and dispenses
117 a cosmetic drug to the optometrist's patient in accordance with Subsection (4).
118 (3) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-303 (1)(a), an individual exempt under
119 Subsection (2)[
120 completion of an approved curriculum of education, within the required time frame. This
121 exemption expires immediately upon notification of a failing score of an examination, and the
122 individual may not continue working as a pharmacy technician even under direct supervision.
123 (4) A prescribing practitioner or optometrist is exempt from licensing under the
124 provisions of this part if the prescribing practitioner or optometrist:
125 (a) (i) writes a prescription for a drug the prescribing practitioner or optometrist has the
126 authority to dispense under Subsection (4)(b); and
127 (ii) informs the patient:
128 (A) that the prescription may be filled at a pharmacy or dispensed in the prescribing
129 practitioner's or optometrist's office;
130 (B) of the directions for appropriate use of the drug;
131 (C) of potential side-effects to the use of the drug; and
132 (D) how to contact the prescribing practitioner or optometrist if the patient has
133 questions or concerns regarding the drug;
134 (b) dispenses a cosmetic drug or injectable weight loss drug only to the prescribing
135 practitioner's patients or for an optometrist, dispenses a cosmetic drug only to the optometrist's
136 patients; [
137 (c) follows labeling, record keeping, patient counseling, [
138 distribution, operating, treatment, and quality of care requirements established by
139 administrative rule adopted by the division in consultation with the boards listed in Subsection
141 (d) follows USP-NF 797 standards for sterile compounding if the drug dispensed to
142 patients is reconstituted or compounded.
143 (5) (a) The division, in consultation with the board under this chapter, the Physician
144 Licensing Board, the Osteopathic Physician Licensing Board, the Physician Assistant Licensing
145 Board, the Board of Nursing, and the Optometrist Licensing Board shall adopt administrative
146 rules pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act to designate:
147 (i) the prescription drugs that may be dispensed as a cosmetic drug or weight loss drug
148 under this section; and
149 (ii) the requirements under Subsection (4)(c).
150 (b) When making a determination under Subsection (1)(a), the division and boards
151 listed in Subsection (5)(a), may consider any federal Food and Drug Administration indications
152 or approval associated with a drug when adopting a rule to designate a prescription drug that
153 may be dispensed under this section.
154 (c) The division may inspect the office of a prescribing practitioner or optometrist who
155 is dispensing under the provisions of this section, in order to determine whether the prescribing
156 practitioner or optometrist is in compliance with the provisions of this section. If a prescribing
157 practitioner or optometrist chooses to dispense under the provisions of this section, the
158 prescribing practitioner or optometrist consents to the jurisdiction of the division to inspect the
159 prescribing practitioner's or optometrist's office and determine if the provisions of this section
160 are being met by the prescribing practitioner and optometrist.
161 (d) If a prescribing practitioner or optometrist violates a provision of this section, the
162 prescribing practitioner or optometrist may be subject to discipline under:
163 (i) this chapter; and
164 (ii) (A) Chapter 16a, Utah Optometry Practice Act;
165 (B) Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act;
166 (C) Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act;
167 (D) Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act; or
168 (E) Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Act.
169 (6) Except as provided in Subsection (2)[
170 the scope of practice of an optometrist or optometric physician licensed under Chapter 16a,
171 Utah Optometry Practice Act.
172 Section 3. Section 58-17b-309.5 is enacted to read:
173 58-17b-309.5. Exemption for prescribing practitioner of cancer drug regimen --
174 Division study of dispensing practitioners.
175 (1) For purposes of this section, "cancer drug treatment regimen":
176 (a) means a prescription drug used to treat cancer, manage its symptoms, or provide
177 continuity of care for a cancer patient;
178 (b) includes:
179 (i) a chemotherapy drug administered intravenously, orally, rectally, or by dermal
180 methods; and
181 (ii) a drug used to support cancer treatment, including to treat, alleviate, or minimize
182 physical and psychological symptoms or pain, or to improve patient tolerance of cancer
183 treatments or prepare a patient for a subsequent course of therapy; and
184 (c) does not mean a drug listed under federal law as a Schedule I, II, or III drug.
185 (2) In addition to the exemption from licensure under Section 58-1-307 , the following
186 individuals are exempt from licensure under this chapter:
187 (a) an individual who:
188 (i) meets the requirements of Subsection (2)(b) or (c); and
189 (ii) notifies the division that the individual intends to dispense a cancer drug regimen
190 under this section;
191 (b) a prescribing practitioner who:
192 (i) treats a patient who is currently undergoing chemotherapy in an outpatient clinic
194 (ii) prescribes a cancer drug treatment regimen to the patient;
195 (iii) determines that providing the cancer drug treatment regimen to the patient in the
196 outpatient clinic setting is in the best interest of the patient, or provides better access to care for
197 the patient;
198 (iv) discloses to the patient that the cancer drug treatment regimen may be obtained
199 from a pharmacy unaffiliated with the prescribing practitioner and offers to the patient the
200 opportunity to consult with a pharmacist if the patient desires patient counseling;
201 (v) does not directly or indirectly mark up, charge a commission, or make a profit on
202 providing the cancer drug regimen, but may obtain payment for expenses and services related
203 to providing the cancer drug regimen;
204 (vi) provides the cancer drug treatment regimen to the patient, or directs another person
205 under Subsection (2)(c) to provide the cancer drug treatment regimen to the patient;
206 (vii) is certified or eligible to be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
207 in medical oncology;
208 (viii) reports to the Utah Controlled Substance Database in the same manner as
209 required by Section 58-37f-203 , and follows labeling, recordkeeping, patient counseling,
210 purchasing and distribution, operating, treatment, quality of care, and storage requirements
211 established by administrative rule adopted by the division in consultation with the board; and
212 (ix) follows the USP-NF 797 standards for sterile compounding if the drug dispensed
213 to the patient is reconstituted or compounded; and
214 (c) a person who is not a prescribing practitioner who:
215 (i) is employed as a health care provider by a prescribing practitioner or the outpatient
216 clinic setting in which the prescribing practitioner works and is acting within the individual's
217 scope of practice;
218 (ii) is acting under the direction of a prescribing practitioner who is immediately
219 available on site for any necessary consultation, and who has complied with Subsection
221 (iii) prepares or provides the cancer drug treatment regimen to the patient at the
222 outpatient clinic setting; and
223 (iv) follows Subsections (2)(b)(iv), (v), and (viii).
224 (3) (a) The division shall work with stakeholders to evaluate the exemptions to
225 licensure under this title in Subsections 58-17b-309 (2)(a), (c), and (d) and this section.
226 (b) The evaluation under this Subsection (3) shall include:
227 (i) practitioner compliance with the requirements of this section and Section
228 58-17b-309 ;
229 (ii) current research on dispensing and patient safety;
230 (iii) survey of other state dispensing laws; and
231 (iv) recommendations for future action concerning practitioner dispensing.
232 (c) The division shall report to the Legislature's Health and Human Services Interim
233 Committee by November 30, 2012, and by November 30, 2013, with the results and
234 recommendations from the evaluation required by this Subsection (3).
235 (4) This section sunsets in accordance with Section 63I-1-258 .
236 Section 4. Section 58-67-502 is amended to read:
237 58-67-502. Unprofessional conduct.
238 "Unprofessional conduct" includes, in addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501 [
239 (1) using or employing the services of any individual to assist a licensee in any manner
240 not in accordance with the generally recognized practices, standards, or ethics of the
241 profession, state law, or division rule[
242 (2) making a material misrepresentation regarding the qualifications for licensure under
243 Section 58-67-302.7 [
244 (3) violating the dispensing requirements of Section 58-17b-309 or 58-17b-309.5 if
246 Section 5. Section 58-68-502 is amended to read:
247 58-68-502. Unprofessional conduct.
248 "Unprofessional conduct" includes, in addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501 [
249 (1) using or employing the services of any individual to assist a licensee in any manner
250 not in accordance with the generally recognized practices, standards, or ethics of the
251 profession, state law, or division rule[
252 (2) violating the dispensing requirements of Section 58-17b-309 or 58-17b-309.5 if
254 Section 6. Section 58-70a-502 is amended to read:
255 58-70a-502. Unlawful conduct.
256 "Unlawful conduct" includes:
257 (1) engaging in practice as a licensed physician assistant while not under the
258 supervision of a supervising physician or substitute supervising physician[
259 (2) violating the drug dispensing requirements of Section 58-17b-309 or 58-17b-309.5 ,
260 if applicable.
261 Section 7. Section 63I-1-258 is amended to read:
262 63I-1-258. Repeal dates, Title 58.
263 (1) Title 58, Chapter 9, Funeral Services Licensing Act, is repealed July 1, 2018.
264 (2) Title 58, Chapter 13, Health Care Providers Immunity from Liability Act, is
265 repealed July 1, 2016.
266 (3) Title 58, Chapter 15, Health Facility Administrator Act, is repealed July 1, 2015.
267 (4) Section 58-17b-309.5 is repealed July 1, 2015.
273 Act, is repealed July 1, 2019.
277 repealed July 1, 2013.
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