NonPrescription Access to Opium Antidotes

S295, a bill authorizing pharmacists to supply opioid antidotes such as naloxone without prescription, was reported favorably out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on May 2, 2016. The bill would expand public access to opioid antidotes under standardized protocols to be adopted by the Board of Pharmacy. The bill also would immunize pharmacists from civil, criminal or administrative penalties for dispensing opioid antidotes in accordance with the bill’s requirements. S295 will proceed to the full Senate for consideration.

Homemaker-Home Health Aide Certification

S2036, a bill imposing deadlines on the New Jersey Board of Nursing with respect to determinations on certifications for home health aides, was reported favorably out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, with amendments, on May 2, 2016. The bill would require the Board to review and determine eligibility for conditional certification within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and to issue a final certification within 120 days from the date of issuance of the conditional certification. Current law requires the Board to issue a certification if an applicant meets statutory requirements but is silent with respect to conditional certification or deadline for a final determination. The bill moves on to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.