The 2018 Florida Statutes
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Administration of vaccines and epinephrine autoinjection.—
(1) In accordance with guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for each recommended immunization or vaccine, a pharmacist, or a registered intern under the supervision of a pharmacist who is certified under subsection (6), may administer the following vaccines to an adult within the framework of an established protocol under a supervising physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459:
(a) Immunizations or vaccines listed in the Adult Immunization Schedule as of February 1, 2015, by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The board may authorize, by rule, additional immunizations or vaccines as they are added to the Adult Immunization Schedule.
(b) Immunizations or vaccines recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for international travel as of July 1, 2015. The board may authorize, by rule, additional immunizations or vaccines as they are recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for international travel.
(c) Immunizations or vaccines approved by the board in response to a state of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to s. 252.36
A registered intern who administers an immunization or vaccine under this subsection must be supervised by a certified pharmacist at a ratio of one pharmacist to one registered intern.
(2) In order to address any unforeseen allergic reaction, a pharmacist may administer epinephrine using an autoinjector delivery system within the framework of an established protocol under a supervising physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459.
(3) A pharmacist may not enter into a protocol unless he or she maintains at least $200,000 of professional liability insurance and has completed training in administering vaccines authorized under this section.
(4) A pharmacist administering vaccines under this section shall maintain and make available patient records using the same standards for confidentiality and maintenance of such records as those that are imposed on health care practitioners under s. 456.057. These records shall be maintained for a minimum of 5 years.
(5) The decision by a supervising physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 to enter into a protocol under this section is a professional decision on the part of the practitioner, and a person may not interfere with a physician’s decision as to entering into such a protocol. A pharmacist may not enter into a protocol that is to be performed while acting as an employee without the written approval of the owner of the pharmacy. Pharmacists shall forward vaccination records to the department for inclusion in the state registry of immunization information.
(6) Any pharmacist or registered intern seeking to administer vaccines to adults under this section must be certified to administer such vaccines pursuant to a certification program approved by the Board of Pharmacy in consultation with the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The certification program shall, at a minimum, require that the pharmacist attend at least 20 hours of continuing education classes approved by the board and the registered intern complete at least 20 hours of coursework approved by the board. The program shall have a curriculum of instruction concerning the safe and effective administration of such vaccines, including, but not limited to, potential allergic reactions to such vaccines.
(7) The written protocol between the pharmacist and supervising physician under this section must include particular terms and conditions imposed by the supervising physician upon the pharmacist relating to the administration of vaccines by the pharmacist pursuant to this section. The written protocol shall include, at a minimum, specific categories and conditions among patients for whom the supervising physician authorizes the pharmacist to administer such vaccines. The terms, scope, and conditions set forth in the written protocol between the pharmacist and the supervising physician must be appropriate to the pharmacist’s training and certification for administering such vaccines. Pharmacists who have been delegated the authority to administer vaccines under this section by the supervising physician under the protocol shall provide evidence of current certification by the Board of Pharmacy to the supervising physician. A supervising physician shall review the administration of such vaccines by the pharmacist pursuant to the written protocol between them, and this review shall take place as outlined in the written protocol. The process and schedule for the review shall be outlined in the written protocol between the pharmacist and the supervising physician.
(8) The pharmacist shall submit to the Board of Pharmacy a copy of his or her protocol or written agreement to administer vaccines under this section.
History.—s. 3, ch. 2007-152; s. 1, ch. 2012-60; s. 3, ch. 2014-113; s. 1, ch. 2015-108.
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