SENATE, No. 1943

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

211th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 14, 2004

 

 

Sponsored by:

Senator ANTHONY R. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Requires prescription drug label for brand name drug to include generic name of the drug dispensed.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    As introduced.

 


An Act concerning the dispensing of prescriptions, supplementing P.L.2003, c.280 (C.45:14-40 et seq.) and amending P.L.1970, c.226.

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1. (New section) A pharmacist, when dispensing a prescription for a brand name drug, shall include, on the label affixed to the container in which the prescription is dispensed, the generic name of the drug, which the pharmacist shall place in parentheses below the brand name.

 

    2. Section 17 of P.L.1970, c.226 (C.24:21-17) is amended to read as follows:

    17. Form of label to be used by pharmacists; altering or removing label. Whenever a pharmacist sells or dispenses any controlled dangerous substance on a prescription issued by a practitioner, he shall affix to the container in which such drug is sold or dispensed, a label showing his own name, address, and registry number, or the name, address, and registry number of the pharmacist or pharmacy owner for whom he is lawfully acting; the name of the patient or, if the patient is an animal, the name of the owner of the animal and the species of the animal; the name of the practitioner by whom the prescription was issued; the brand name [or] and generic name of the drug dispensed [unless the prescriber states otherwise on the prescription], such directions as may be stated on the prescription and such directions as may be required by rules or regulations promulgated by the commissioner.

    No person shall alter, deface, or remove any label so affixed as long as any of the original contents remain.

(cf: P.L.1986, c.75, s.1)

 

    3. This act shall take effect on the 90th day after enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This bill supplements the "New Jersey Pharmacy Practice Act" (N.J.S.A.45:14-40 et seq.) to require that a pharmacist, when dispensing a prescription for a brand name drug, include, on the label affixed to the container in which the prescription is dispensed, the generic name of the drug that is dispensed. The pharmacist is to place the generic name of the drug in parentheses below the brand name.

    The bill also amends N.J.S.A.24:21-17, within the "New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act," to make its controlled dangerous substance container label requirements consistent with the provisions of the bill supplementing the "New Jersey Pharmacy Practice Act."

    The bill takes effect on the 90th day after enactment.