SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
SENATE, Nos. 724 and 754
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
ADOPTED JUNE 11, 2018
Senator LINDA R. GREENSTEIN
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Senator PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.
District 18 (Middlesex)
Assemblywoman NANCY J. PINKIN
District 18 (Middlesex)
Assemblyman THOMAS P. GIBLIN
District 34 (Essex and Passaic)
Assemblywoman MILA M. JASEY
District 27 (Essex and Morris)
Allows pharmacy interns and pharmacy externs to administer certain vaccines under direct supervision of pharmacist and requires reporting of certain vaccine administrations.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee on October 15, 2018, with amendments.
An Act concerning certain vaccines, pharmacy interns and pharmacy externs, and amending P.L.2003, c.280.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 24 of P.L.2003, c.280 (C.45:14-63) is amended to read as follows:
24. a. No pharmacist shall administer a prescription medication directly to a patient without appropriate education or certification, as determined by the board in accordance with the requirements set forth in the rules jointly promulgated by the board and the State Board of Medical Examiners. Such medication shall only be for the treatment of a disease for which a nationally certified program is in effect, or as determined by the board, and only if utilized for the treatment of that disease for which the medication is prescribed or indicated or for which the collaborative drug therapy management permits.
b. (1) Notwithstanding any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy extern may administer drugs to a patient 18 years of age or older, provided the pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy extern is appropriately educated and qualified, as determined by the board in accordance with the requirements set forth in the rules jointly promulgated by the board and the State Board of Medical Examiners, and provided the drugs are administered under any one of the following conditions:
(a) pursuant to a prescription by an authorized prescriber for a vaccine and related emergency medications;
(b) in immunization programs implemented pursuant to an authorized prescriber's standing order for the vaccine and related emergency medications; or
(c) in immunization programs and programs sponsored by governmental agencies that are not patient specific.
(2) A pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy extern may administer an influenza vaccine to a patient who is seven years of age or older. For a patient who is under 18 years of age, a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy extern shall not administer a vaccine except with the permission of the patient's parent or legal guardian. For a patient who is under  10 years of age, a pharmacist, pharmacy intern 1,1 or pharmacy extern shall not administer a vaccine unless pursuant to a prescription by an authorized prescriber. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require a patient  10 years of age or older to obtain a prescription for an influenza vaccine.
(3) A pharmacy intern or pharmacy extern, as defined by regulation of the 1New Jersey1 State Board of Pharmacy, may administer immunizations to patients by injection or by other delivery method, provided that the pharmacy intern or pharmacy extern is acting under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist who 1[has been] is1 pre-approved by the 1New Jersey1 State Board of Pharmacy to administer vaccines and related emergency medications, and who is in compliance with the rules jointly promulgated by the 1New Jersey1 State Board of Pharmacy and the State Board of Medical Examiners.
1c. An immunization administered to a patient by a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy extern shall be reported by a supervising pharmacist to the New Jersey Immunization Information System established pursuant to section 4 of P.L.2004, c.138 (C.26:4-134) as required pursuant to N.J.A.C.8:57-3.16, for inclusion in the patient’s registry.1
(cf: P.L.2013, c.254, s.1)
2. The New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy and the State Board of Medical Examiners may, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.
3. This act shall take effect on the first day of the third month next following the date of enactment.