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House Bill No. 5290

Public Act No. 10-82

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF VACCINES BY LICENSED PHARMACISTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 20-633 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2010):

(a) [On and after October 1, 2005, any] Any person licensed as a pharmacist under part II of this chapter may administer, [influenza vaccine] to an adult, a vaccine, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for any of the following purposes: (1) The prevention and control of influenza, (2) the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease, or (3) the prevention of herpes zoster and its sequelae, provided the administration of any such vaccine is conducted pursuant to the order of a licensed health care provider and in accordance with the regulations established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(b) [Not later than September 1, 2005, the] The Commissioner of Consumer Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health and the Commission of Pharmacy, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section. Such regulations shall (1) require any pharmacist who administers [influenza] a vaccine to an adult pursuant to this section to successfully complete an immunization training program for pharmacists; (2) define the basic requirements of such training program, which shall include training and instruction in pre-administration education and screening, vaccine storage and handling, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, recordkeeping, vaccine safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic cardiac life support and adverse event reporting; (3) identify qualifying training programs, which are accredited by the National Centers for Disease Control Prevention, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education or other appropriate national accrediting body; and (4) establish a system of control and reporting.

(c) For purposes of this section, "adult" means an individual who has attained the age of eighteen years.

Approved May 26, 2010