View Amendment Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 4355

The Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs proposes the following Amendment No. 1 to H. 4355 (COUNCIL\VR\4355C001.CC.VR20):

Reference is to the bill as introduced.

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/ SECTION 1. Section 44 -53-720 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 44 -53-720. (A)Methadone and its salts are restricted to:

(1) use in treatment, maintenance, or detoxification programs as approved by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.;

(2) dispensing by a hospital for analgesia, pertussis, and detoxification treatment as approved by the Department of Health and Environmental Control .; and

(3) dispensing by a retail pharmacy for analgesia as provided for by R. 61 -4, Section 507.5 1012.

(B)(1) This section does not prevent a licensed practitioner, as defined in Section 40-43-30, from dispensing a drug or device for a patient of a narcotic treatment program (NTP) if a drug dispensed by the NTP is properly labeled in accordance with state and federal law.

(2) As it pertains to an NTP without a retail pharmacy, the NTP must obtain and maintain an NTP permit as designated by this section, and:

(a) monthly shall conduct and submit to the Board of Pharmacy self inspections and maintain written checklists that are readily available to the Board of Pharmacy for on-site visits; and

(b) designate a pharmacist duly licensed by and in good standing with the Board of Pharmacy as a consultant pharmacist to be responsible for the duties stated in this section at the NTP permit holder's location. A consultant pharmacist shall sign a new or renewal application along with the NTP permit holder and agree in writing to assume the responsibilities of a consultant pharmacist. The consultant pharmacist shall perform and maintain written quarterly inspections that are readily available. The NTP permit holder and consultant pharmacist shall notify the Board of Pharmacy in writing within ten days of a change of consultant pharmacist. A designation of an individual as a consultant pharmacist or delegation of duties to a consultant pharmacist by a holder of an NTP permit may not relieve the permit holder of the NTP permit holder's duties under federal laws or regulations.

(3) As it pertains to an NTP with a permitted pharmacy,

(a) the NTP's pharmacy must be permitted pursuant to Section 40-43-83;

(b) the NTP must obtain and maintain an NTP permit for its affiliated health center delivery sites without an on-site pharmacy. An affiliated delivery site is subject to the inspection requirements outlined in this subsection, and the NTP pharmacist may serve as the consultant pharmacist for the NTP's affiliated delivery sites; and

(c) with prior approval of the Board of Pharmacy, the NTP pharmacist may serve as the pharmacist-in-charge for more than one pharmacy at a time and need not be physically present in the pharmacy to serve as its pharmacist-in-charge.

(C) Methadone or any other narcotic treatment medication that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration pursuant to 21 U.S.C. Section 355 for use in the treatment of opioid use disorder may be dispensed and administered by a practitioner licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners and registered under state and federal law to administer or dispense opioid drugs, or by an agent of such a practitioner, supervised by or under the order of the licensed practitioner when the program contracts or employs a consultant pharmacist in accordance with Section 44-53-720(B). The agent must be a pharmacist, physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse and employed or contracted by the NTP dispensing the treatment medication.

(D) An NTP that dispenses and administers methadone or any narcotic treatment medication shall comply with the security control requirements of Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter II.

(E) The Board of Pharmacy shall promulgate regulations needed to effectuate the purposes of this section.

(F) For purposes of this section,

(1) 'Narcotic treatment program', 'NTP', 'opioid treatment program', or 'OTP' means a program licensed by the Department of Health and Environmental Control that dispenses and administers methadone or other narcotic treatment medications. OTP and NTP shall be used interchangeably and given the same meaning throughout this section.

(2) 'Health center delivery site' means a physical location where a licensed practitioner duly employed by or under contract with an NTP provides treatment, maintenance, or detoxification pursuant to Section 44-53-720(A) to patients of that NTP. An NTP may have multiple health center delivery sites."

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /