[r73] Pharmacists to administer immunizations (5/1/2013)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Start Date: 5/1/2013 All Day

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Steve Davisson (R- Salem) authored House Bill (HB) 1464, which gives pharmacists – and pharmacy students and interns under appropriate supervision –the ability to administer immunizations such as  pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), menengitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). The bill was signed into law by Governor Pence today at Rep. Davisson’s Pharmacy, DanMar Family Pharmacy, in Salem today.

“I am very pleased to see this bill signed into law. Improving access to immunizations will have a positive lasting affect on Hooisers,” said Rep. Davisson. “Not only will this access improve the health of those around our state, it will lower healthcare costs. Immunizations are the foundation for a healthier Indiana.”

Pharmacists, pharmacy students and interns will now be able to update the patient’s immunization data to the immunization data registry unless the patient of the patient’s guardian completes an immunization data exemption form.

The Indiana Board of Pharmacy will adopt rules stating that pharmacy students and interns must be supervised by a pharmacist, physician, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse. The pharmacy student or intern must also adhere to the same requirements as a pharmacist when administering an immunization.

In the case of a patient being over 65 years of age and requesting a pneumonia vaccine, this bill requires that only the pharmacist can administer that immunization

Currently, an individual given an immunization by a pharmacist must be at least 11 years of age.

“It was an honor having Governor Pence at my pharmacy to sign this bill today,” said Rep. Davisson. “I am looking forward to continuing my work through the summer on studying more issues related to the healthcare industry.”