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Senate Bill No. 617

(By Senators Prezioso, White, Jenkins, Minear, Unger and Hunter)


[Introduced March 21, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]


A BILL to amend and reenact §30-5-1b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-5-6b, all relating to pharmacies and pharmacists; defining terms; authorizing remote dispensing and delivery of prescription drugs; and authorizing the Board of Pharmacy to propose legislative rules.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §30-5-1b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-5-6b, all to read as follows:
§30-5-1b. Definitions.

The following words and phrases, as used in this article, shall have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "Administer" means the direct application of a drug to the body of a patient or research subject by injection, inhalation, ingestion or any other means.
(b) "Board of Pharmacy" or "Board" means the West Virginia State Board of Pharmacy.
(c) "Compounding" means:
(1) The preparation, mixing, assembling, packaging or labeling of a drug or device:
(A) As the result of a practitioner's prescription drug order or initiative based on the practitioner/patient/pharmacist relationship in the course of professional practice for sale or dispensing; or
(B) For the purpose of, or as an incident to, research, teaching or chemical analysis and not for sale or dispensing;
(2) The preparation of drugs or devices in anticipation of prescription drug orders based on routine, regularly observed prescribing patterns.
(d) "Confidential information" means information maintained by the pharmacist in the patient record or which is communicated to the patient as part of patient counseling or which is communicated by the patient to the pharmacist. This information is privileged and may be released only to the patient or to other members of the health care team and other pharmacists where, in the pharmacist's professional judgment, the release is necessary to the patient's health and well-being; to other persons or governmental agencies authorized by law to receive the privileged information; as necessary for the limited purpose of peer review and utilization review; as authorized by the patient or required by court order.
(e) "Deliver" or "delivery" means the actual, constructive or attempted transfer of a drug or device from one person to another, whether or not for a consideration.
(f) "Device" means an instrument, apparatus, implement or machine, contrivance, implant or other similar or related article, including any component part or accessory, which is required under federal law to bear the label, "Caution: Federal or state law requires dispensing by or on the order of a physician."
(g) "Dispense" or "dispensing" means the preparation and delivery of a drug or device in an appropriately labeled and suitable container to a patient or patient's representative or surrogate pursuant to a lawful order of a practitioner for subsequent administration to, or use by, a patient.
(h) "Distribute" means the delivery of a drug or device other than by administering or dispensing.
(i) "Drug" means:
(1) Articles recognized as drugs in the USP-DI, facts and comparisons, physicians desk reference or supplements thereto, for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in human or other animals;
(2) Articles, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of human or other animals; and
(3) Articles intended for use as a component of any articles specified in subsection (1) or (2) of this section.
(j) "Drug regimen review" includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:
(1) Evaluation of the prescription drug orders and patient records for:
(A) Known allergies;
(B) Rational therapy-contraindications;
(C) Reasonable dose and route of administration; and
(D) Reasonable directions for use.
(2) Evaluation of the prescription drug orders and patient records for duplication of therapy.
(3) Evaluation of the prescription drug for interactions and/or adverse effects which may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
(A) Drug-drug;
(B) Drug-food;
(C) Drug-disease; and
(D) Adverse drug reactions.
(4) Evaluation of the prescription drug orders and patient records for proper use, including over use and under use and optimum therapeutic outcomes.
(k) "Intern" means an individual who is:
(1) Currently registered by this state to engage in the practice of pharmacy while under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and is satisfactorily progressing toward meeting the requirements for licensure as a pharmacist; or
(2) A graduate of an approved college of pharmacy or a graduate who has established educational equivalency by obtaining a foreign pharmacy graduate examination committee (FPGEC) certificate, who is currently licensed by the Board for the purpose of obtaining practical experience as a requirement for licensure as a pharmacist; or
(3) A qualified applicant awaiting examination for licensure; or
(4) An individual participating in a residency or fellowship program.
(l) "Labeling" means the process of preparing and affixing a label to a drug container exclusive, however, of a labeling by a manufacturer, packer or distributor of a nonprescription drug or commercially packaged legend drug or device. Any label shall include all information required by federal law or regulation and state law or rule.
(m) "Mail-order pharmacy" means a pharmacy, regardless of its location, which dispenses greater than ten percent prescription drugs via the mail.
(n) "Manufacturer" means a person engaged in the manufacture of drugs or devices.
(o) "Manufacturing" means the production, preparation, propagation or processing of a drug or device, either directly or indirectly, by extraction from substances of natural origin or independently by means of chemical or biological synthesis and includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance(s) or labeling or relabeling of its contents and the promotion and marketing of the drugs or devices. Manufacturing also includes the preparation and promotion of commercially available products from bulk compounds for resale by pharmacies, practitioners or other persons.
(p) "Medical home" means a clinic, hospital or health care facility where a patient has established a relationship, has his or her routine medical care or treatment and where his or her medical records are maintained.
(p) (q) "Nonprescription drug" means a drug which may be sold without a prescription and which is labeled for use by the consumer in accordance with the requirements of the laws and rules of this state and the federal government.
(q) (r) "Patient counseling" means the oral communication by the pharmacist of information, as defined in the rules of the board, to the patient to improve therapy by aiding in the proper use of drugs and devices.
(r) (s) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, association or any other legal entity, including government.
(s) (t) "Pharmaceutical care" is the provision of drug therapy and other pharmaceutical patient care services intended to achieve outcomes related to the cure or prevention of a disease, elimination or reduction of a patient's symptoms or arresting or slowing of a disease process as defined in the rules of the Board.
(t) (u) "Pharmacist" or "registered pharmacist" means an individual currently licensed by this state to engage in the practice of pharmacy and pharmaceutical care.
(u) (v) "Pharmacist-in-charge" means a pharmacist currently licensed in this state who accepts responsibility for the operation of a pharmacy in conformance with all laws and rules pertinent to the practice of pharmacy and the distribution of drugs and who is personally in full and actual charge of the pharmacy and personnel.
(v) (w) "Pharmacy" means any drugstore, apothecary or place within this state where drugs are dispensed and sold at retail or displayed for sale at retail and pharmaceutical care is provided and any place outside of this state where drugs are dispensed and pharmaceutical care is provided to residents of this state.
(w) (x) "Pharmacy technician" means registered supportive personnel who work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist who have passed an approved training program as described in this article.
(x) (y) "Practitioner" means an individual currently licensed, registered or otherwise authorized by any state, territory or district of the United States to prescribe and administer drugs in the course of professional practices, including allopathic and osteopathic physicians, dentists, physician's assistants, optometrists, veterinarians, podiatrists and nurse practitioners as allowed by law.
(y) (z) "Preceptor" means an individual who is currently licensed as a pharmacist by the Board, meets the qualifications as a preceptor under the rules of the Board and participates in the instructional training of pharmacy interns.
(z) (aa) "Prescription drug" or "legend drug" means a drug which, under federal law, is required, prior to being dispensed or delivered, to be labeled with either of the following statements:
(1) "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription";
(2) "Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to use by, or on the order of, a licensed veterinarian";
or a drug which is required by any applicable federal or state law or rule to be dispensed pursuant only to a prescription drug order or is restricted to use by practitioners only.
(aa) (bb) "Prescription drug order" means a lawful order of a practitioner for a drug or device for a specific patient.
(bb) (cc) "Prospective drug use review" means a review of the patient's drug therapy and prescription drug order, as defined in the rules of the Board, prior to dispensing the drug as part of a drug regimen review.
(dd) "Remote delivery" means moving or transporting filled pharmacist-verified prescription drugs from a fully licensed pharmacy to a remote medical home in a satellite location for dispensing of the filled prescription to patients.
(cc) (ee) "USP-DI" means the United States Pharmacopeia-Dispensing Information.
(dd) (ff) "Wholesale distributor" means any person engaged in wholesale distribution of drugs, including, but not limited to, manufacturers' and distributors' warehouses, chain drug warehouses and wholesale drug warehouses, independent wholesale drug trader and retail pharmacies that conduct wholesale distributions.
§30-5-6b. Remote delivery of prescriptions; rule-making authority.

To improve patient access to prescription drugs, the Board shall propose legislative rules pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, after consultation with the Pharmaceutical Advocate established pursuant to article fifteen, chapter five of this code to permit remote delivery of prescription drugs filled by a licensed pharmacist to a patient's medical home for dispensing to the patient. The rule shall provide for patient counseling by a licensed pharmacist via telephone or video link.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize remote dispensing and delivery of prescription drugs.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

§30-5-6b is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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