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AB-1723 Pharmacy: clinics: purchasing drugs at wholesale.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 09/23/2019 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1723
CHAPTER 323

An act to amend Section 4180 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to pharmacy.

[ Approved by Governor  September 20, 2019. Filed with Secretary of State  September 20, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1723, Wood. Pharmacy: clinics: purchasing drugs at wholesale.
Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of the practice of pharmacy by the California State Board of Pharmacy within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law authorizes certain clinics to purchase drugs at wholesale for administration or dispensing, under the direction of a physician and surgeon, to patients registered for care at the clinic, including, among others, a clinic operated by a primary care community or free clinic, operated on separate premises from a licensed clinic, that is open no more than 20 hours per week.
This bill would increase the number of hours the above-specified clinic is authorized to be open to not more than 40 hours per week.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 4180 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4180.
 (a) (1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, any of the following clinics may purchase drugs at wholesale for administration or dispensing, under the direction of a physician and surgeon, to patients registered for care at the clinic:
(A) A licensed nonprofit community clinic or free clinic as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 1204 of the Health and Safety Code.
(B) A primary care clinic owned or operated by a county as referred to in subdivision (b) of Section 1206 of the Health and Safety Code.
(C) A clinic operated by a federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization as referred to in subdivision (c) of Section 1206 of the Health and Safety Code.
(D) A clinic operated by a primary care community or free clinic, operated on separate premises from a licensed clinic, and that is open no more than the number of hours per week as referred to in subdivision (h) of Section 1206 of the Health and Safety Code.
(E) A student health center clinic operated by a public institution of higher education as referred to in subdivision (j) of Section 1206 of the Health and Safety Code.
(F) A nonprofit multispecialty clinic as referred to in subdivision (l) of Section 1206 of the Health and Safety Code.
(2) The clinic shall keep records of the kind and amounts of drugs purchased, administered, and dispensed, and the records shall be available and maintained for a minimum of three years for inspection by all properly authorized personnel.
(b) No clinic shall be entitled to the benefits of this section until it has obtained a license from the board. A separate license shall be required for each clinic location. A clinic shall notify the board of any change in the clinic’s address on a form furnished by the board.
(c) The board shall synchronize license renewal dates and aggregate fees for multiple clinics under common nonprofit ownership at the request of the parent organization.