Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

Bill Would Allow Pharmacists to Administer Injections

February 08, 2019 12:23 PM | Amy Campbell (Administrator)

Supporters of HB 2082 told members of the House Health and Human Services Committee that allowing pharmacists to administer injections could improve access to care for people with serious mental illness and those with other chronic conditions who have been prescribed injections.  According to Kristen Powell, Genoa Healthcare, Family Service and Guidance Center, many people are uncomfortable with self administration of injections.  She suggested HB 2082 would help patients stay on their medications by making it more convenient for them to receive them.  Many of our patients are on public assistance and this would allow greater convenience and avoid the cost of additional visits to physician’s offices or hospitals for administration of their injectable medications.  Jim Backes, Pharm.D., University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, testified that Injection administration is a standard part of training.  He asserted that pharmacists are fully trained and well equipped to administer medications.  The legislation is proposed by the Kansas Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.  Read the notes from the hearing.    Read the notes from the hearing here.

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