senate Bill S4881A

Signed by Governor

Authorizes a licensed pharmacist and certified nurse practitioner to administer meningococcal disease immunizing agents

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 29 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 13 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 13 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4881A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1490
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7324A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.259
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 19 / Jul / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 31 / Jul / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.274

Summary

Authorizes a licensed pharmacist and certified nurse practitioner to administer meningococcal disease immunizing agents.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7324A
Versions:
S4881
S4881A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง6527, 6909 & 6802, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S4881A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
authorizing a licensed pharmacist and certified nurse practitioner to
administer meningococcal disease immunizing agents

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One amends Subdivision 7 of section 6527 of the education law
by adding a new paragraph c to state that a licensed pharmacist,
pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commissioner, and
consistent with the public health law, may administer immunizations to
prevent meningococcal disease.

Section Two amends Subdivision 7 of section 6909 to add a new
paragraph C to state that a certified nurse practitioner may prescribe
an order and order a non-patient specific regimen to a licensed
pharmacist, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commissioner,
and consistent with public health law, for administering immunizations
to prevent meningococcal disease.

Section Three of the bill amends Subdivision 22 of section 6802 of the
education law, as amended by chapter 116 of the laws of 2012 to add
meningococcal disease or a patient specific order or non-patient
specific regimen prescribed or ordered by a physician or certified
nurse practitioner for immunization to prevent meningococcal disease.

EXISTING LAW: New law.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would amend the Education Law to allow
licensed pharmacists, who have received additional certification, to
administer meningococcal vaccinations to adults 18 years of age and
older.

Providing this additional access point for this vaccine is
particularly important since the New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has documented an alarming outbreak of a
unique strain of invasive meningococcal disease, also known as
meningitis, among men who have sex with men (MSM) A March 22, 2013 New
York Times article, "City Health Officials Warn Some Men on Lethal
Strain of Meningitis," noted that this strain "is so insidious that it
could suddenly mushroom into a major outbreak, claiming many lives
before anything can be done to stop it."

Meningitis bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and
throat secretions. Fortunately, standard meningococcal vaccines are
effective against this new strain; New York City Health Commissioner
Dr. Thomas Farley has said, "Vaccination is the best defense." On
March 6, 2013, the New York City Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene (DOHMH) issued a recommendation advising all HIV+ MSM and MSM
regardless of HIV status who connect online or meet at a bar or party
in New York City to receive a meningococcal vaccination. On March 25,
the New York State Department of Health expanded an earlier
recommendation regarding meningococcal vaccination to include certain
MSM statewide.


It is critically important to make meningococcal vaccine as accessible
as possible. Vaccination is currently available at many health
clinics, hospitals and private doctors' offices, but there have been
numerous anecdotal reports of at-risk men encountering obstacles
getting vaccinated through those traditional venues.

Since 2008, New York State has allowed licensed and certified
pharmacists to administer adult influenza and pneumonia vaccines. In
light of the potential public health crisis, New York State should
allow licensed and certified pharmacists to administer adult
meningococcal vaccinations as well. Even if only those pharmacists in
communities at the epicenter of the current outbreak were to become
certified and advertise the availability of the vaccine, it would have
a significant impact on containing the spread of this deadly disease.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
it shall become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4881--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 29, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Higher  Education  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing a licensed
  pharmacist and certified nurse practitioner to administer  meningococ-
  cal disease immunizing agents

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section  6527  of  the  education  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows:
  (C) A LICENSED PHYSICIAN MAY PRESCRIBE AND ORDER A NON-PATIENT SPECIF-
IC REGIMEN TO A LICENSED PHARMACIST, PURSUANT TO REGULATIONS PROMULGATED
BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,  AND  CONSISTENT  WITH THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, FOR
ADMINISTERING IMMUNIZATIONS TO PREVENT MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE.
  S 2. Subdivision 7 of section 6909 of the education law is amended  by
adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows:
  (C)  A  CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONER MAY PRESCRIBE AND ORDER A NON-PA-
TIENT SPECIFIC REGIMEN TO A LICENSED PHARMACIST, PURSUANT TO REGULATIONS
PROMULGATED BY THE COMMISSIONER, AND CONSISTENT WITH THE  PUBLIC  HEALTH
LAW, FOR ADMINISTERING IMMUNIZATIONS TO PREVENT MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE.
  S  3.  Subdivision 22 of section 6802 of the education law, as amended
by chapter 116 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  22. "Administer", for the purpose of section sixty-eight  hundred  one
of  this article, means the direct application of an immunizing agent to
adults, whether by injection, ingestion or any other means, pursuant  to
a.  a  patient specific order or non-patient specific regimen prescribed
or ordered by a physician or certified nurse  practitioner,  who  has  a
practice  site  in the county in which the immunization is administered,
for immunizations to prevent influenza or pneumococcal disease and medi-
cations required for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis or b. a  patient

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10441-04-3

S. 4881--A                          2

specific  order  prescribed or ordered by a physician or certified nurse
practitioner for immunizations to prevent acute herpes zoster OR  MENIN-
GOCOCCAL  DISEASE OR C. A PATIENT SPECIFIC ORDER OR NON-PATIENT SPECIFIC
REGIMEN  PRESCRIBED OR ORDERED BY A PHYSICIAN OR CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTI-
TIONER FOR IMMUNIZATIONS TO PREVENT MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE.  If the coun-
ty where the immunization is to be  administered  has  a  population  of
seventy-five  thousand or less, then the licensed physician or certified
nurse practitioner may be in an adjoining  county.  Such  administration
shall be limited to immunizing agents to prevent influenza or pneumococ-
cal  disease and medications required for emergency treatment of anaphy-
laxis.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law; provided, that:
  (a)  the  amendments to subdivision 7 of section 6527 of the education
law, made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration and
reversion of such subdivision, as provided in section 6 of  chapter  116
of the laws of 2012, and shall be deemed to expire therewith; and
  (b)  the  amendments to subdivision 7 of section 6909 of the education
law, made by section two of this act shall not affect the expiration and
reversion of such subdivision, as provided in section 6 of  chapter  116
of the laws of 2012, and shall be deemed to be expire therewith; and
  (c)  the amendments to subdivision 22 of section 6802 of the education
law made by section three of this act shall not affect the expiration of
such subdivision and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

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