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Allows pharmacists to administer all ACIP recommended vaccines to children 11 and older

Location: ME
Title: Allows pharmacists to administer all ACIP recommended vaccines to children 11 and older
Identifier: LD 456/HP 323
Stance: WATCH
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died, failed to move out of the Senate


UPDATE: 8/5/2017 - In possession of the Senate when the Senate ADJOURNED SINE DIE and PLACED IN THE LEGISLATIVE FILES (DEAD). 

UPDATE: 7/5/2017 -

6/15/2017 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/15/2017 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending ENACTMENT

UPDATE: 5/31/2017 -  

5/31/2017 House Speaker laid before the House
Motion of Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford to ACCEPT the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report FAILED.
(Yeas 68 - Nays 74 - Absent 8 - Excused 1)
On further motion of same Representative the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment "A" (H-208) was READ and ADOPTED.
On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the House RECONSIDERED its action whereby Committee Amendment "A" (H-208) was ADOPTED.
On motion of Representative CHACE of Durham, House Amendment "A" (H-335) to Committee Amendment "A" (H-208) thereto was ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-208) as Amended by House Amendment "A" (H-335) thereto.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.

UPDATE: 5/25/2017 - LD456 was listed as unfinished business on 5/24/2017.

UPDATE: 4/5/2017 - LD 456 was tabled in the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Develpment
on 3/9/2017 after a public hearing was held on 3/7/2017.  Bills in ME can carry over from odd to even numbered years.

LD 456 was introduced and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Develpment on 2/7/2017.  This bill is sponsored by Rep. Chace and Cosponsored by Senator Bellows and Representatives Gillway, Grohman, Malaby and Winsor. 

The title of this bill is "An Act to Increase Access to Vaccinations" and will expand existing law that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children 9 and older. 

This bill would allow pharmacists to administer all vaccines on the immunization schedule of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to children 11 years of age or older according to a valid prescription, a treatment protocol or a written standing order from a practitioner authorized under the laws of this State to issue a protocol or order.  

The pharmacist would have to meet the qualifications and requirements of the rules of the board.  Current rules for pharmacists can be read by clicking on this link for Chapters 1-38 that will pull up a Word Doc and administration of vaccines starts on Page 13.  

Among other requirements, consent addressed in Section 4:

4.         Informed Consent

                        After providing the vaccine information statement, but prior to administration, the pharmacist who holds a certificate of administration shall obtain in writing the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s legal representative to administration of the drug or vaccine and to emergency administration of epinephrine, diphenhydramine or both if the patient has an adverse reaction to the drug or vaccine administered.

It is not clear if the definition of legal representative would include the parent or guardian of a minor.  

Informed consent for minors should be very clear and should be in state law in addition to the rules. - text, status and history