HOUSE BILL 2588





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 14, 2002

  Yeas 86   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 5, 2002

  Yeas 49   Nays 0



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2588  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




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President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

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                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 2588



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By Representatives Skinner and Cody


Read first time 01/22/2002.  Referred to Committee on Health Care.

Modifying the information required on a prescription label.

    AN ACT Relating to information required to appear on a prescription label; and amending RCW 18.64.246.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 18.64.246 and 1984 c 153 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:

    To every box, bottle, jar, tube or other container of a prescription which is dispensed there shall be fixed a label bearing the name and address of the ((pharmacy wherein the prescription is compounded, the corresponding serial number of the prescription, the name of the prescriber, his directions, the name of the medicine and the strength per unit dose, name of patient, date, the expiration date, and initials of the licensed pharmacist who has compounded the prescription, and)) dispensing pharmacy, the prescription number, the name of the prescriber, the prescriber's directions, the name and strength of the medication, the name of the patient, the date, and the expiration date.  The security of the cover or cap on every bottle or jar shall meet safety standards ((promulgated)) adopted by the state board of pharmacy((:  PROVIDED, That)).  At the ((physician's)) prescriber's request, the name and ((dosage)) strength of the ((drug)) medication need not be shown.  If the prescription is for a combination ((drug)) medication product, the generic names of the ((drugs)) medications combined or the trade name used by the manufacturer or distributor for the product shall be noted on the label.  The identification of the licensed pharmacist responsible for each dispensing of medication must either be recorded in the pharmacy's record system or on the prescription label.  This section shall not apply to the dispensing of ((medicines)) medications to in-patients in hospitals.


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