Washington State

House of Representatives

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Health Care & Wellness Committee

SSB 6197

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Brief Description: Including pharmacists in the legend drug act.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Parlette, Keiser and Becker).

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

  • Allows licensed pharmacists to prescribe legend drugs under the practice of pharmacy when authorized by the Board of Pharmacy.

Hearing Date: 2/15/12

Staff: Chris Blake (786-7392).


Pharmacists are regulated by the Board of Pharmacy. They are authorized to interpret prescription orders; compound, dispense, label, administer, and distribute drugs; monitor drug therapy; participate in drug utilization reviews and drug product selection; store, distribute, and maintain records of drugs and devices; and provide information on legend drugs. In addition, pharmacists may initiate drug therapy in accordance with a collaborative drug therapy agreement (CDTA).

A CDTA is a set of written guidelines or protocols established by a health care practitioner who is authorized to prescribe drugs in which authority is delegated to a pharmacist to conduct specific prescribing functions. Among the health care practitioners that may prescribe drugs are physicians, osteopathic physicians, optometrists, dentists, podiatric physicians, veterinarians, certain registered nurses, and advanced registered nurse practitioners.

Summary of Bill:

Licensed pharmacists may prescribe legend drugs under the practice of pharmacy when authorized by the Board of Pharmacy.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.