INDIANA — The Senate considered two proposals Tuesday, Feb. 2, that would address Indiana’s meth epidemic.
One was Senate Bill 80. This bill approaches the topic of giving more power to pharmacists in deciding whether to sell pseudoephedrine or ephedrine on the basis of the pharmacists’ professional judgement. This bill would also give the pharmacist civil immunity, which means they could not be sued by a customer that was refused a sale of pseudoephedrin or ephedrine.
This bill would allow the Indiana board of pharmacy to set rules on how determinations are made. It would also review professional decisions made by the pharmacist in regards to the denial or unlawful selling of psuedoephedrine and ephedrine. Also the disciplinary action if it was found that an unlawful sale was made.
The other bill is Senate Bill 161 and according to the Indiana General Assembly it requires courts to report drug-related felonies to the state police department. This bill also requires the state police department to report said felonies to the National Precursor Log Exchange. This would cause an alert to stop the sale to anyone who has a drug-related felony.
Senate Bill 161 would also require certain drug related offenders to have a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine or ephedrine.
Both bills are in their second reading. If the bills pass into law, Senate Bill 80 will come into effect July 1, and Senate Bill 161, Jan. 1, 2017.