House Bill 394 Gives Pharmacists More Authority
Legislation Provides Greater Access to Immunizations
April 03, 2014
 
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State Representative Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) today applauded the passage of House Bill 394 by the Ohio House. The legislation gives pharmacists and pharmacy interns the authority to provide immunizations outside of a pediatrician.


Under current law, interns may only administer influenza immunizations, while pharmacists can provide shots for influenza, tetanus, and a range of other diseases. The bill would expand the list of permitted immunizations to any included on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended immunization schedules.


The bill specifies that pharmacy interns must be working under direct supervision when dispensing such a vaccination.


Rep. Gonzales said, “This bill is a great step in ensuring that Ohioans have as much access as possible to these vital vaccinations. The increased access that will be provided in this bill will help Ohio prevent outbreaks of diseases that can be so harmful to the public health.”


The legislation also lowers the minimum age of an individual who may receive an immunization from a pharmacist or pharmacy intern to 7. The pharmacist or intern must still obtain permission from a parent or guardian of the child.


House Bill 394 will now go to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

 
 
 
  
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