REFERENCE TITLE: pharmacists; dispensing authority; hormonal contraceptives





State of Arizona


Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session





SB 1493


Introduced by

Senators Ugenti-Rita: Bradley, Brophy McGee, Carter, Kerr, Livingston, Pace, Pratt, Steele; Representatives Butler, Cook, Grantham, Payne, Shope, Thorpe, Toma, Townsend, Udall





Amending Title 32, chapter 18, article 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 32-1979.01; relating to the Arizona state board of pharmacy.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 32, chapter 18, article 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 32-1979.01, to read:

START_STATUTE32-1979.01.  Self-administered hormonal contraceptives; requirements; immunity; definition

A.  A pharmacist may dispense a self‑administered hormonal contraceptive to a patient who is eighteen years of age or older pursuant to a standing prescription drug order made in accordance with subsection B of this section and without any other patient‑specific prescription drug order.

B.  A prescriber who is licensed to prescribe a self‑administered hormonal contraceptive, including a person acting in the prescriber's capacity as an employee of the department of health services, may issue a standing prescription drug order authorizing the dispensing of a self‑administered hormonal contraceptive.

C.  The board, in conjunction with the department of health services and in consultation with a national professional organization specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, shall adopt rules to establish standard procedures for pharmacists to dispense self‑administered hormonal contraceptives pursuant to this section.  The standard procedures shall require a pharmacist to do both of the following:

1.  Obtain a completed nationally recognized self‑screening risk assessment from each patient before dispensing the self-administered hormonal contraceptive to the patient.

2.  Provide the patient with information about the self‑administered hormonal contraceptive that is dispensed to the patient.

D.  A pharmacist or prescriber acting reasonably and in good faith in dispensing or prescribing a self‑administered hormonal contraceptive pursuant to this section is not liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions resulting from dispensing that self‑administered hormonal contraceptive.

E.  All state and federal laws governing insurance coverage of contraceptive drugs, devices, products and services apply to self‑administered hormonal contraceptives that are prescribed and dispensed pursuant to this section.

F.  This section does not apply to a valid patient‑specific prescription for a hormonal contraceptive that is issued by an authorized prescriber and dispensed by a pharmacist pursuant to that valid prescription.

G.  For the purposes of this section, "self‑administered hormonal contraceptive":

1.  Means a self‑administered hormonal contraceptive that is approved by the United States food and drug administration to prevent pregnancy.

2.  Includes an oral hormonal contraceptive, a hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring and a hormonal contraceptive patch. END_STATUTE