H. B. 3056
(By Delegates Perdue, Marshall, Evans,
Fleischauer, Guthrie, Staggers and Eldridge)
[Introduced January 9, 2008; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §30-5-30, relating to
authorization for pharmacists to administer immunizations,
setting forth limitations on those immunizations as to type of
immunizations and age of the recipient; and requiring annual
reporting to the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-5-30, to read as
ARTICLE 5. PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIANS, PHARMACY INTERNS
§30-5-30. Administration of immunizations.
(a) A pharmacist licensed under the provisions of this article
and meeting the requirements of this section may administer immunizations for the following to any person eighteen years of age
or older: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Pneumonia and
(b) The Board of Pharmacy shall establish a course, or provide
a list of approved courses, in immunization administration. The
courses must be based on the standards established for such courses
by the centers for disease control and prevention in the public
health service of the United States Department of Health and Human
(c) The board shall approve definitive treatment guidelines,
established by a physician, which shall include, but not be limited
to, appropriate observation for an adverse reaction of an
individual following an immunization.
(d) To administer immunizations, a pharmacist shall complete
a board approved immunization administration course and complete an
American Red Cross or American Heart Association basic life-support
training, and maintain certification in the same. The
immunizations shall be administered in accordance with the
treatment guidelines approved by the board.
(e) The board shall propose rules for legislative approval in
accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter
twenty-nine-a of this code to establish continuing education
requirements for this area of practice; reporting requirements for
pharmacists participating in this program; and to implement the provisions of this section.
(f) A pharmacist may not delegate the authority to administer
immunizations to any other person.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize for pharmacists
to administer immunizations.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would