State Rep. Smith Announces That House Bill 394 Gives Pharmacists More Authority
Legislation Provides Greater Access to Immunizations
April 03, 2014
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State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today applauded the passage of House Bill 394 by the Ohio House. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Smith, 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.

“House Bill 394 is common sense legislation. By providing citizens with the option to receive immunizations at a pharmacy rather than by scheduling a doctor’s appointment, we provide ease of access and promote a better environment of health,” said Rep. Smith. “People have busy lives; this legislation allows them to better protect themselves and their children without having to miss a day of work or school.”

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.

Rep. Smith also remarked, “Pharmacies are more convenient for Americans, who have access to one every 2.36 miles. In fact, 36 states already allow children to receive vaccinations outside of their regular physician. With this bill, Ohio would be up to speed.”

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

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