ASSEMBLY, No. 331
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2002 SESSION
Assemblyman KEVIN J. O'TOOLE
District 40 (Bergen, Essex and Passaic)
Requires printing of prescription drug's expiration date on drug container label.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.
An Act concerning prescription drug container labeling and amending R.S.45:14-15.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. R.S.45:14-15 is amended as follows:
45:14-15. The registered pharmacist compounding, dispensing, filling or selling a prescription shall place the original written prescription in a file kept for that purpose for a period of not less than five years if such period is not less then two years after the last refilling, and affix to the container in which the prescription is dispensed, a label bearing the name and complete address of the pharmacy or drug store in which dispensed, the brand name or generic name of the product dispensed unless the prescriber states otherwise on the original written prescription, the date on which the product prescribed expires, the date on which the prescription was compounded and an identifying number under which the prescription is recorded in his files, together with the name of the physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, other medical practitioner, certified nurse midwife, nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist or physician assistant, prescribing it and the directions for the use of the prescription by the patient, as directed on the prescription of the physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, other medical practitioner, certified nurse midwife, nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist or physician assistant, licensed or approved to write prescriptions. Every registered pharmacist who fills or compounds a prescription, or who supervises the filling or compounding [or] of a prescription by a person other than a pharmacist registered in this State, shall place his name or initials on the original prescription or on the label affixed to the container in which the prescription is dispensed or in a book kept for the purpose of recording prescriptions. The Board of Pharmacy or any of its agents is hereby empowered to inspect the prescription files and other prescription records of a pharmacy and to remove from said files and take possession of any original prescription, providing, that the authorized agent removing or taking possession of an original prescription shall place in the file from which it was removed a copy certified by said person to be a true copy of the original prescription thus removed; provided further, that the original copy shall be returned by the Board of Pharmacy to the file from which it was removed after it has served the purpose for which it was removed.
(cf: P.L.1991, c.385, s.5.)
2. This act shall take effect on the 180th day following enactment.
Under current labeling laws, consumers of prescription drugs often have no way of knowing when a drug expires. This bill would require pharmacists to print the expiration date of a drug on the container label of a prescription. Including this information on the prescription drug's container label will inform consumers of this important information.