SB 195 modifies Missouri law relating to the licensing of pharmacists

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When it comes to altering a regulatory agency's purview, lawmakers must give the go-ahead. Senate Bill 195 and its House companion seek to correct the omission of veterinary prescriptions from the state pharmacy board's authority.

When it comes to altering a regulatory agency's purview, lawmakers must give the go-ahead. Senate Bill 195 and its House companion seek to correct the omission of veterinary prescriptions from the state pharmacy board's authority.

The bill amends the practice of pharmacy to include "the administration of vaccines by written protocol authorized by a physician and administering medication therapeutic plans. Veterinary prescription orders are also included in the definition."

Apart from veterinary medicine, the bill also creates a committee to promote the early identification, treatment and rehabilitation of licensed pharmacists who are impaired by illness, substance abuse or any physical or mental condition.

If enacted, the measure would take effect this August. On Feb. 14, it passed the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.

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