SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1789







                        52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 12, 1991

  Yeas 96   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 9, 1991

  Yeas 47   Nays 0




President of the Senate



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.









Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1789 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                       Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                            SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1789



                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Braddock, Paris and Prentice).


Read first time February 18, 1991.  Concerning the filling of prescriptions written by out-of-state prescribers.

     AN ACT Relating to limitations on filling prescriptions written by authorized prescribers not licensed in this state; amending RCW 69.41.030; and declaring an emergency.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 69.41.030 and 1990 c 219 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

     It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, deliver, or possess any legend drug except upon the order or prescription of a physician under chapter 18.71 RCW, an osteopathic physician or an osteopathic physician and surgeon under chapter 18.57 RCW, a dentist under chapter 18.32 RCW, a ((podiatrist)) podiatric physician and surgeon under chapter 18.22 RCW, a veterinarian under chapter 18.92 RCW, a commissioned medical or dental officer in the United States armed forces((, marine hospital service,)) or public health service in the discharge of his or her official duties, a duly licensed physician or dentist employed by the veterans administration in the discharge of his or her official duties, a registered nurse under chapter 18.88 RCW when authorized by the board of nursing, an osteopathic physician's assistant under chapter 18.57A RCW when authorized by the committee of osteopathic examiners, a physician(('s)) assistant under chapter 18.71A RCW when authorized by the board of medical examiners, a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery or a physician licensed to practice osteopathy and surgery, a dentist licensed to practice dentistry, a ((podiatrist)) podiatric physician and surgeon licensed to practice ((podiatry)) podiatric medicine and surgery, or a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine, in any province of Canada which shares a common border with the state of Washington or in any state of the United States:  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the above provisions shall not apply to sale, delivery, or possession by drug wholesalers or drug manufacturers, or their agents or employees, or to any practitioner acting within the scope of his or her license, or to a common or contract carrier or warehouseman, or any employee thereof, whose possession of any legend drug is in the usual course of business or employment:  PROVIDED FURTHER, That nothing in this chapter or chapter 18.64 RCW shall prevent a family planning clinic that is under contract with the department of social and health services from selling, delivering, possessing, and dispensing commercially prepackaged oral contraceptives prescribed by authorized, licensed health care practitioners((:  PROVIDED FURTHER, That it shall be unlawful to fill a prescription written by an authorized prescriber who is not licensed in this state if more than six months has passed since the date of the issuance of the original prescription)).


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.