Two pharmacy-related bills continue their way through the House of Delegates today

Two pharmacy-related house bills passed their second readings in the full Maryland House of Delegates today.

 

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The Pharmacist Administration of Self-Administered Medications and Maintenance Injectable Medications, which just passed the Health and Government Operations Committee on Monday, would authorize a pharmacist who meets certain requirements to administer maintenance injectable medications to a patient under certain circumstances. It prohibits a pharmacist from administering an initial dose of an injectable medication under a certain provision of the act, except in emergencies.

The bill, HB0135, is sponsored by Del. Karen Young.

A bill requiring notification and authorization and substitution of lower-cost drugs or devices also passed its second reading in the House today.

House Bill 429 , sponsored by Del. Emily Shetty, would require pharmacists to advise patients when a less expensive version of the drug is available.

Del. Bonnie Cullison spoke in favor of the bill Monday in committee.

“This is a consumer-focused bill that allows [individuals] to save a little money on the drug pricing by using what pharmacists have at their disposal right now —  generic drugs that can be safely interchanged and have exactly same therapeutic value.”