SB 222 - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 222
SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. Kotowski, Merr. 24; Rep. M. Griffin, Rock. 7; Rep. Lundgren, Rock. 5
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
This bill authorizes health care professionals to prescribe certain medications for treatment or prevention of a communicable disease.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
03/16/2017 0793s 17-0827
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. "Birth condition'' means one or more of the birth conditions [listed in the "Guidelines for Conducting Birth Defects Surveillance'' established] recommended by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
42:2 New Section; Public Health; Communicable Disease; Administration of Certain Prescription Medication for Treatment or Prevention of a Communicable Disease. Amend RSA 141-C by inserting after section 15 the following new section:
141-C:15-a Administration of Certain Prescription Medication for Treatment or Prevention of a Communicable Disease.
I. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 326-B:2, I-a, and RSA 329:1-c, a health care professional authorized to prescribe prescription medication for the treatment or prevention of a communicable disease may prescribe, dispense, or distribute directly or by standing order, an antimicrobial medication to a patient he or she did not evaluate and with whom there is no established health care provider-patient relationship to empirically treat for, or provide prophylaxis to prevent, a communicable disease that poses a threat to public health. Any such prescription shall be regarded as being issued for a legitimate medical purpose and in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines, when available.
II. Communicable diseases that pose a threat to public health for the purposes of paragraph I shall be limited to the following:
(a) Bordetella pertussis, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea, and Neisseria meningitis; or
(b) Diseases that constitute an immediate threat to public health and for which the commissioner, or designee, issues clinical guidance that requests providers to consider prescribing, dispensing, or distributing antimicrobial agents under paragraph I in order to control a disease outbreak.
III. No health care professional who, acting in good faith and with reasonable care, prescribes, dispenses, or distributes an antimicrobial medication for the treatment or prevention of a communicable disease as described in paragraph I, shall be subject to any criminal or civil liability, or any professional disciplinary action, for any action authorized by this section or any outcome resulting from an action authorized by this section.
Approved: May 09, 2017
Effective Date: May 09, 2017
|March 7, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|March 16, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 28, 2017||House||Hearing|
|April 4, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
May 9, 2017: Signed by the Governor on 05/09/2017; Chapter 0042; Effective 05/09/2017
April 27, 2017: Enrolled (In recess 04/27/2017); SJ 16
April 20, 2017: Enrolled 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 26
April 20, 2017: Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 11
: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
April 20, 2017: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/20/2017 (Vote 17-4; RC) HC 20 P. 8
April 4, 2017: Executive Session: 04/04/2017 01:15 PM LOB 205
March 28, 2017: Public Hearing: 03/28/2017 11:00 AM LOB 205
March 9, 2017: Introduced 03/09/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 10 P. 77
March 16, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0793s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017: Committee Amendment # 2017-0793s, AA, VV; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0793s, 03/16/2017; SC 14
March 7, 2017: Hearing: 03/07/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:15 pm, on proposed amendment # 2017-0584s; SC 12
Jan. 19, 2017: Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 5