Florida Senate - 2019                                    SB 1124
       By Senator Harrell
       25-01771-19                                           20191124__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to dispensing medicinal drugs;
    3         amending s. 465.019, F.S.; authorizing individuals
    4         licensed to prescribe medicinal drugs to dispense a
    5         48-hour supply, rather than a 24-hour supply, of such
    6         drugs to any patient, including a discharged patient,
    7         under certain circumstances; providing an effective
    8         date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Subsection (4) of section 465.019, Florida
   13  Statutes, is amended to read:
   14         465.019 Institutional pharmacies; permits.—
   15         (4) Medicinal drugs shall be dispensed in an institutional
   16  pharmacy to outpatients only when that institution has secured a
   17  community pharmacy permit from the department. However, an
   18  individual licensed to prescribe medicinal drugs in this state
   19  may dispense up to a 48-hour 24-hour supply of a medicinal drug
   20  to any patient of, or patient discharged from, an emergency
   21  department of a hospital that operates a Class II or Class III
   22  institutional pharmacy, provided that the physician treating the
   23  patient in such hospital’s emergency department or the
   24  discharged patient determines that the medicinal drug is
   25  warranted and that community pharmacy services are not readily
   26  accessible, geographically or otherwise, to the patient. Such
   27  dispensing from the emergency department to any patient,
   28  including a discharged patient, must be in accordance with the
   29  procedures of the hospital. For any such patient for whom a
   30  medicinal drug is warranted for a period to exceed 48 24 hours,
   31  an individual licensed to prescribe such drug must dispense a
   32  48-hour 24-hour supply of such drug to the patient and must
   33  provide the patient with a prescription for such drug for use
   34  after the initial 48-hour 24-hour period. The board may adopt
   35  rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
   36         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.