CHAPTER 370
MEDICINE AND SURGERY

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Sec. 20-12i. Use of fluoroscopy by physician assistants. Qualifications and examination. Certain activities not prohibited.
Sec. 20-14e. Dispensing of drugs. Prescribing and dispensing of oral antibiotic drugs for chlamydia or gonorrhea. Dispensing of contact lenses containing a drug or ocular agents-T.

      Sec. 20-12i. Use of fluoroscopy by physician assistants. Qualifications and examination. Certain activities not prohibited. (a) On and after October 1, 2011, prior to engaging in the use of fluoroscopy for guidance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, a physician assistant shall: (1) Successfully complete a course that includes forty hours of didactic instruction relevant to fluoroscopy which includes, but is not limited to, radiation biology and physics, exposure reduction, equipment operation, image evaluation, quality control and patient considerations; (2) successfully complete a minimum of forty hours of supervised clinical experience that includes a demonstration of patient dose reduction, occupational dose reduction, image recording and quality control of fluoroscopy equipment; and (3) pass an examination prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Health. Documentation that the physician assistant has met the requirements prescribed in this subsection shall be maintained at the employment site of the physician assistant and made available to the Department of Public Health upon request.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section or sections 20-74bb and 20-74ee, nothing shall prohibit a physician assistant who is engaging in the use of fluoroscopy for guidance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures or positioning and utilizing a mini C-arm in conjunction with fluoroscopic procedures prior to October 1, 2011, from continuing to engage in such procedures, or require the physician assistant to complete the course or supervised clinical experience described in subsection (a) of this section, provided such physician assistant shall pass the examination prescribed by the commissioner on or before July 1, 2012. If a physician assistant does not pass the required examination on or before July 1, 2012, such physician assistant shall not engage in the use of fluoroscopy for guidance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures or position and utilize a mini C-arm in conjunction with fluoroscopic procedures until such time as such physician assistant meets the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.

      (P.A. 09-232, S. 51; P.A. 11-242, S. 45.)

      History: P.A. 09-232 effective July 8, 2009; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting provision re didactic instruction relevant to fluoroscopy for provision re training and replacing former instructional topics with new instructional topics in Subdiv. (1), adding new Subdiv. (2) re completion of minimum of 40 hours of supervised clinical experience and redesignating existing Subdiv. (2) as Subdiv. (3) and amended Subsec. (b) by adding "this section" re notwithstanding provision, permitting physician assistant to continue to engage in described activities provided required examination is passed before July 1, 2012, and making technical changes.

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      Sec. 20-14e. Dispensing of drugs. Prescribing and dispensing of oral antibiotic drugs for chlamydia or gonorrhea. Dispensing of contact lenses containing a drug or ocular agents-T. (a) A drug dispensed by a prescribing practitioner shall be personally dispensed by the prescribing practitioner and the dispensing of such drug shall not be delegated except that, in emergency departments of acute care hospitals licensed under chapter 368v, the tasks related to dispensing such drug may be carried out by a nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 under the supervision of the prescribing practitioner.

      (b) A patient's medical record shall include a complete record of any drug dispensed by the prescribing practitioner.

      (c) A prescribing practitioner dispensing a drug shall package the drug in containers approved by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, unless requested otherwise by the patient, and shall label the container with the following information: (1) The full name of the patient; (2) the prescribing practitioner's full name and address; (3) the date of dispensing; (4) instructions for use; and (5) any cautionary statements as may be required by law.

      (d) Professional samples dispensed by a prescribing practitioner shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.

      (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section or chapter 400j, a prescribing practitioner who diagnoses a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection in a patient may prescribe and dispense oral antibiotic drugs to such patient and the patient's partner or partners in order to prevent further infection without a physical examination of such partner or partners. A prescribing practitioner who prescribes or dispenses oral antibiotic drugs to the partner or partners of a patient diagnosed with a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection shall, in accordance with the provisions of this subsection, not be deemed to have violated the prescribing practitioner's standard of care for such prescribing or dispensing drugs. The Commissioner of Public Health, in consultation with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this subsection.

      (f) A prescribing physician or surgeon may dispense and sell contact lenses that contain a drug, as defined in section 20-571, and such physician or surgeon shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection (c) of this section when dispensing or selling contact lenses. As used in this subsection, "physician" means a person holding a license issued pursuant to this chapter, except a homeopathic physician.

      (g) A licensed optometrist, authorized to practice advanced optometric care pursuant to section 20-127, who dispenses contact lenses that contain ocular agents-T, as defined in subdivision (5) of subsection (a) of section 20-127, shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection (c) of this section when dispensing or selling contact lenses.

      (P.A. 85-545, S. 3, 6; P.A. 95-264, S. 50; P.A. 99-80, S. 2; 99-175, S. 3; P.A. 09-58, S. 2; P.A. 11-242, S. 9.)

      History: P.A. 95-264 changed "licensed" practitioner to "prescribing" practitioner throughout section and deleted Subsec. (e) which had required compliance with Sec. 20-175a consumer information requirements when dispensing drugs other than professional samples; P.A. 99-80 amended Subsec. (a) by adding exception for nurses in emergency departments; P.A. 99-175 amended Subsec. (c) to make technical changes and add numerical Subdiv. indicators; P.A. 09-58 added Subsecs. (e) and (f) exempting physicians, surgeons and optometrists, who dispense and sell contact lenses that contain a drug or ocular agents-T, from requirements of Subsec. (c); P.A. 11-242 added new Subsec. (e) re prescribing practitioner's authority to prescribe and dispense oral antibiotic drugs for treatment of chlamydia or gonorrhea to a patient and the patient's partners without a physical examination of such partners and redesignated existing Subsecs. (e) and (f) as Subsecs. (f) and (g).

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