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Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 381
PUBLIC HEALTH: GENERAL PROVISIONS
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F.S. 381.885
381.885 Epinephrine auto-injectors; emergency administration.
(1) PRESCRIBING TO AN AUTHORIZED ENTITY.An authorized health care practitioner may prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of an authorized entity for use in accordance with this section, and pharmacists may dispense epinephrine auto-injectors pursuant to a prescription issued in the name of an authorized entity.
(2) MAINTENANCE OF SUPPLY.An authorized entity may acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors pursuant to a prescription issued in accordance with this section. Such epinephrine auto-injectors must be stored in accordance with the epinephrine auto-injector’s instructions for use and with any additional requirements that may be established by the department. An authorized entity shall designate employees or agents who hold a certificate issued pursuant to s. 381.88 to be responsible for the storage, maintenance, and general oversight of epinephrine auto-injectors acquired by the authorized entity.
(3) USE OF EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS.An individual who holds a certificate issued pursuant to s. 381.88 may, on the premises of or in connection with the authorized entity, use epinephrine auto-injectors prescribed pursuant to subsection (1) to:
(a) Provide an epinephrine auto-injector to a person who the certified individual in good faith believes is experiencing a severe allergic reaction for that person’s immediate self-administration, regardless of whether the person has a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector or has previously been diagnosed with an allergy.
(b) Administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person who the certified individual in good faith believes is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, regardless of whether the person has a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector or has previously been diagnosed with an allergy.
(4) EXPANDED AVAILABILITY.An authorized entity that acquires a stock supply of epinephrine auto-injectors pursuant to a prescription issued by an authorized health care practitioner in accordance with this section may make the auto-injectors available to individuals other than certified individuals identified in subsection (3) who may administer the auto-injector to a person believed in good faith to be experiencing a severe allergic reaction if the epinephrine auto-injectors are stored in a locked, secure container and are made available only upon remote authorization by an authorized health care practitioner after consultation with the authorized health care practitioner by audio, televideo, or other similar means of electronic communication. Consultation with an authorized health care practitioner for this purpose is not considered the practice of telemedicine or otherwise construed as violating any law or rule regulating the authorized health care practitioner’s professional practice.
(5) IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY.Any person, as defined under s. 1.01, including an authorized health care practitioner, a dispensing health care practitioner or pharmacist, an individual trainer under s. 381.88(5), and a person certified pursuant to s. 381.88(7), who possesses, administers, or stores an epinephrine auto-injector in compliance with this act, and an uncertified person who administers an epinephrine auto-injector as authorized under subsection (4) in compliance with this act, is afforded the civil liability immunity protections provided under s. 768.13.
History.s. 2, ch. 2014-141.