Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that a pharmacist may refill a patient's prescription without prescriber authorization if the pharmacist is unable to contact the prescriber after reasonable effort, a failure to refill the prescription may result in an interruption of therapeutic regimen or create patient suffering, the pharmacist informs the prescriber at the earliest convenience of the emergency refills, and the prescription is not for a controlled substance. Provides that prescriptions may be refilled pursuant to the provisions for a period of time reasonably necessary for the pharmacist to secure prescriber authorization. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that a pharmacist may exercise professional judgment to dispense an emergency supply of medication for a chronic disease or condition if the pharmacist is unable to obtain refill authorization from the prescriber when certain conditions are met. Provides that the emergency supply must be limited to the amount needed for the emergency period as determined by the pharmacist but the amount shall not exceed a 30-day supply. Effective immediately.