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FLORIDA PHARMACISTS MAY PRESCRIBE ANTIHISTAMINES, DECONGESTANTS

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FLORIDA PHARMACISTS MAY PRESCRIBE ANTIHISTAMINES, DECONGESTANTS, fluoride products, and lindane products under a bill passed by the Florida state legislature May 14 and signed into law May 24 by Gov. Bob Graham. The law redefines the term "prescription" to include a pharmacist's order for specified drugs and provides for creation of a cmte. to establish a formulary of medicinal drugs that a pharmacist may prescribe. The law goes into effect Oct. 1, 1985. Under the law, the cmte. in developing the formulary may include products falling within the following categories: (1) "any medicinal drug of single or multiple active ingredients in any strengths when such active ingredients have been approved individually or in combination for OTC sale" by FDA; (2) any medicinal drug recommended by an FDA advisory panel for transfer to OTC status pending approval by FDA; (3) "any medicinal drug containing any antihistamine or decongestant as a single active ingredient or in combination"; (4) "any medicinal drug containing fluoride in any strength"; and (5) "any medicinal drug containing lindane in any strength." The cmte. to set up the formulary will consist of two members of the Board of Medical Examiners, one member of the Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, three members of the Board of Pharmacy and one additional person with a background in health care or pharmacology chosen by the cmte. A provision of the law disallows any OTC proprietary drug from being included in the formulary. The law also states that "any drug product ordered by a pharmacist shall be selected and dispensed only by the pharmacist so ordering and said order shall not be refilled, nor shall another medicinal drug be ordered for the same condition unless such act is consistent with dispensing procedures established by the cmte."

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