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Pharmacy dispensing changes approved

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would increase the amount of medicine that can be dispensed at certain pharmacies across the state.

The bill (SB 100) would allow pharmacists who work in hospital pharmacies to dispense 72-hour supplies of medicine during emergencies instead of the current 48-hour supplies.

In non-emergency times, the bill would allow pharmacists working at hospital pharmacies to dispense 48-hour supplies of medicine to patients instead of the current 24-hour supplies allowed under law.

Sponsored by Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, the bill now is available to go to the Senate floor.

Its House counterpart (HB 57) is slated to be considered Thursday by the House Health and Human Services Committee.