Introduced by Representatives Chen of Mendon, Baker of West Rutland, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Livingston of Manchester, Nuovo of Middlebury, Pugh of S. Burlington and Severance of Colchester
Subject: Health; emergency contraception; pharmacists
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to permit a pharmacist to dispense emergency contraception in accordance with a protocol developed by the pharmacist and a physician or other prescriber.
AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 26 V.S.A. chapter 36, subchapter 7 is added to read:
Subchapter 7. Emergency Contraception
§ 2077. DEFINITIONS
As used in this subchapter:
(1) “Emergency contraception” means medication that prevents pregnancy after sexual intercourse.
(2) “Other prescriber” means a person other than a physician who is authorized under state law to prescribe drugs.
§ 2078. EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION; COLLABORATIVE
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a pharmacist may dispense emergency contraception in accordance with a protocol developed by the Vermont board of pharmacy and a physician or other prescriber acting within his or her scope of practice.
(b) In order for a pharmacist to dispense emergency contraception in accordance with this section, the pharmacist shall complete an emergency contraception drug therapy education and training program approved by the board of pharmacy. The training program shall include information on conducting sensitive communications, quality assurance, referral to appropriate community and medical services, and documentation requirements, if any.
(c) For each emergency contraception drug therapy initiated pursuant to this section, the pharmacist shall provide the recipient of the emergency contraception with a standardized fact sheet developed by the board of pharmacy that includes the indications for use of the drug, the appropriate method for using the drug, information on the importance of follow-up health care, health care referral information, information on sexual assault, and referral to appropriate agencies and other appropriate information.
(d) Nothing in this section affects the requirements of existing law relating to maintaining the confidentiality of medical records.
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