New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted in Latest News on June 29, 2021.

HB 241 - Parents' Bill of Rights

Effective Date: July 1, 2021
HB 241 (Full Text)

Summary: The bill creates the “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” which states that licensed health care providers and facilities cannot provide services, prescribe medicine, or perform any procedure without first obtaining written parental consent unless otherwise authorized by law.

The bill requires a health care practitioner, or his or her employees, to obtain parental consent before performing health care services on a minor child and subjects health care practitioners and health care facilities to disciplinary action for violation of these parental consent requirements in certain instances. The bill includes criminal penalties as well as providing grounds for disciplinary action.

HB 6095 - Scheduling of Drug Products Containing Cannabidiol

Effective Date: July 1, 2021
HB 6095 (Full Text)

Summary:

This bill amends section 893.03(5), Florida Statutes, removing Epidiolex as a Schedule V controlled substance, mirroring the federal Controlled Substance Act, and makes conforming changes to the definition of cannabis in section 893.02(3), Florida Statutes.

SB 262 - Dispensing Medicinal Drugs

Effective Date: July 1, 2021
SB 262 (Full Text)

Summary:

The bill authorizes medicinal drugs to be dispensed by a hospital that operates a Class II or Class Ill institutional pharmacy to any inpatient upon discharge or patient discharged from an emergency department if the prescribing practitioner determines that the medicinal drug is warranted and community pharmacy services are not readily accessible to the patient. The drug may be dispensed up to a 48-hour supply or through the end of the next business day.

During a declared state of emergency, a 72-hour supply may be dispensed by a hospital located in an area affected by the emergency.

SB 530 - Nonopioid Alternatives

Effective Date: July 1, 2021
SB 530 (Full Text)

Summary:
The bill allows prescribing health care practitioners, who are required to provide information about nonopioid alternatives, to provide health care patients (or their representatives under certain circumstances) the required educational pamphlet electronically in lieu of providing a printed copy.

SB 768 - Administration of Vaccines

Effective Date: July 1, 2021
SB 768 (Full Text)

Summary:

The bill authorizes certified pharmacists and registered pharmacy interns under the supervision of a pharmacist to administer immunizations or vaccines as of April 30, 2021, as listed in the Adult Immunization Schedule by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommended by the CDC for International Travel or licensed for use in the United States, or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The bill also authorizes certified pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines to individuals seven years of age or older through an established protocol with a supervising physician.

SB 1934 - Health Care Practitioner Discipline

Effective Date: July 1, 2021
SB 1934 (Full Text)

Summary:

The bill requires certain offenses be included in grounds for discipline for health care practitioners. It requires the Department of Health to issue an Emergency Order suspending the license of any health care practitioner who is arrested for committing or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit any act that would constitute a violation of certain offenses in this state or similar offenses in another jurisdiction.

If you’d like to view all 2021 bills impacting health care professions, please go to www.flhealthsource.gov/2021-bills



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