Senate Bill 1039, CSHP’s highest legislative priority in 2014, was sponsored by CSHP and CAPG. Authored by Senator Hernandez (who also authored SB 493), SB 1039 aimed to bring outdated Title 22 regulations into the 21st century. The goal of the bill was to maximize the efficiency of hospital pharmacy resources. Among other elements, SB 1039 removes the requirement that pharmacists perform unit inspections and replenish/restock emergency drug supplies in hospitals. Instead, the bill allows these functions – duties which do not require a pharmacist’s professional judgement – to be performed by licensed pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns.
The bill allows for pharmacy technicians & intern pharmacists, while under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a healthcare facility, to do the following:
- Package emergency supplies
- Seal emergency containers
- Perform monthly checks of drug supplies
The law also allows intern pharmacists under supervision of a licensed pharmacist to stock, replenish and inspect emergency pharmaceutical supply containers and the emergency medical system supplies of a licensed healthcare facility.
With the increased responsibilities California pharmacists will have as a result of SB 493, SB 1039 will ensure pharmacy personnel are used more efficiently, giving practicing health-system pharmacists greater flexibility to focus on delivering patient-centered services as key members of interdisciplinary teams.
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