The Connecticut State Legislature was busy in 2014! Due to legislative updates, qualified advanced practice registered nurses ("APRNs") in Connecticut are permitted to practice and prescribe medication without having a collaborative relationship with a licensed physician. Previously, APRNs were required to practice, prescribe, dispense, and administer medication in collaboration with a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state. Effective July 1, 2014, however, APRNs who have practiced and prescribed in collaboration with a licensed physician for at least three years are permitted to independently (1) diagnose and treat alterations in health status, and (2) prescribe, dispense, and administer medical therapeutic and corrective measures and dispense professional samples.

Additionally, Connecticut passed legislation (Public Act 14-217) requiring applicable manufacturers that provide payments or other transfers of value to APRNs to submit quarterly reports to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (Department).  Public Act 14-217 went into effect on October 1, 2014. The Department recently posted on its website the "Expenditure Disclosure Form For Manufacturers Subject To The Provisions Of Section 75 of Public Act 14-217" (Form). Applicable manufacturers must use the Form to disclose payments or other transfers of value to any APRN registered to practice in Connecticut, covering the period of January 1 to March 31, 2015. Applicable manufacturers must submit the report to the Department no later than July 1, 2015. According to the Department's website, applicable manufacturers must submit the Form via email to DCP.DrugManufacturers@ct.gov