Ohio bill would expand pharmacist immunizations

August 20, 2007

A new law in the Ohio allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to patients 14 years or older and adds meningitis, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccines.

A new law in the Ohio allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to patients 14 years or older and adds meningitis, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccines. Currently in Ohio, pharmacists are restricted to administering influenza, pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B vaccines to adults at least 18 years old. The bill also allows pharmacists to administer epinephrine and diphenhydramine injections to patients in emergency situations. The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy still needs to promulgate the rule for it to become effective.

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