On May 5, the Minnesota House HHS Policy Committee passed the prescriptive authority bill that will allow pharmacists to prescribe emergency opioid antagonists, nicotine replacement medication and self-administered oral contraceptives. This bill has already passed through the Senate HHS Policy Committee. The bill still needs to go to the Senate and House floors for approval before going to the governor to be signed into law. The Omnibus Bill, containing language for prescriptive authority, passed unanimously on the Senate floor on May 7. The House will hear the bill early next week.
Additionally, both HHS committees have passed an inclusive bill that allows pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations during the peacetime emergency and up to 60 days following the peacetime emergency. This also includes pharmacists having the ability to do therapeutic interchanges per the AHFS therapeutic interchange resource for up to 60 days following the end of the peacetime emergency.
Continue to follow MPhA for additional updates through the end of the legislative session on May 18.