Health and Human Services

Pharmacy regulations updated

State law regulating pharmacy practice in Nebraska was updated by a bill passed April 24.

Sen. Mark Kolterman
Sen. Mark Kolterman

LB166, introduced by Seward Sen. Mark Kolterman, amends and updates the Pharmacy Practice Act and the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Among other provisions, the bill:
• requires that a pharmacist intern be supervised at all times;
• allows a hospital to provide the unused portion of a drug to a patient upon discharge under certain circumstances;
• allows more than one drug to be placed in a container in certain circumstances;
• specifies that 60 days be the quantity of drug indicated for a long-term care facility resident;
• extends the time available to fill the remainder of a partially dispensed controlled substance prescription from 72 hours to 30 days after the prescription date;
• authorizes a pharmacist to enter into a practice agreement with a qualified licensed health care practitioner to provide pharmaceutical care independently; and
• requires that a registered pharmacy in which controlled substances are stored or dispensed complete a controlled-substances inventory when there is a change in the pharmacist in charge.

The bill also clarifies that a Schedule II controlled substance may be dispensed in an emergency situation in which a prescribing practitioner determines that no appropriate alternative treatment is available, immediate administration of the controlled substance is necessary and it is not possible to provide a signed prescription for the dispenser.

LB166 passed on a 49-0 vote and takes effect immediately.

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