OLR Bill Analysis

SB 252 (File 110, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT AUTHORIZING FLAVORING AGENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION PRODUCTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows pharmacists to add a flavoring agent to a prescription if (1) they are acting on behalf of a hospital or (2) the prescribing doctor, patient, or patient's agent requests it.

A flavoring agent is an additive used in food or drugs when it is (1) used in accordance with good manufacturing practice principles and in the minimum quantity needed to produce its intended effect, (2) inert and produces no effect other than modifying flavor, and (3) less than 5% the product's total weight.

It must also (1) consist of one or more ingredients generally recognized as safe in food and drugs, (2) be sanctioned by the state or federal government, (3) meet U. S. Pharmacopeia standards, or (4) be a food additive approved for human consumption under the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations (21 CFR 172).

*Senate Amendment “A” allows pharmacists to add a flavoring agent on behalf of a hospital.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

General Law Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

17

Nay

0

(03/13/2012)