Maine Revised Statutes

§13831. Authority

1. Administration of influenza vaccines.  A pharmacist licensed in this State who meets the qualifications and requirements of section 13832 and rules adopted by the board may administer topically or by injection or by inhalation all forms of influenza vaccines, including intranasal influenza vaccines, to a person 7 years of age or older without a prescription.
[ 2015, c. 211, §1 (AMD) .]
2. Administration of other vaccines.  A pharmacist licensed in this State who meets the qualifications and requirements of section 13832 and rules adopted by the board, in addition to influenza vaccines under subsection 1, may administer vaccines licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration that are recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or successor organization, for administration to adults to a person 18 years of age or older according to a valid prescription when the person has an existing primary care physician or other existing relationship with a nurse practitioner or an authorized practitioner in this State. A pharmacist may administer vaccines licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration that are outside the guidelines recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or successor organization, to a person 18 years of age or older according to a valid prescription when the person has an existing primary care physician or other existing relationship with a nurse practitioner or an authorized practitioner in this State if the prescription specifically states that the vaccine is medically necessary. When the person does not have an existing relationship with a primary care physician, nurse practitioner or other practitioner in this State, the pharmacist may proceed to administer according to a treatment protocol established by an authorized practitioner or a written standing order from a practitioner authorized under the laws of this State to issue an order, a prescription or a protocol to a person 18 years of age or older for vaccines licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration that are recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or successor organization, for administration to adults.
[ 2013, c. 6, §1 (AMD) .]
3. Emergency administration of certain drugs.   A pharmacist may administer epinephrine or diphenhydramine, or both, to a person in an emergency situation resulting from an adverse reaction to a vaccine administered by the pharmacist.
[ 2011, c. 577, §3 (AMD) .]
4. Vaccine clinics.   A pharmacist or pharmacy licensed under this chapter may operate a vaccine administration clinic inside, outside or off the pharmacy's premises if the pharmacist or pharmacy obtains approval from the board for the plan of operation of such clinics pursuant to rules adopted under section 13835, subsection 1.
[ 2011, c. 577, §4 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2009, c. 308, §3 (NEW). 2011, c. 577, §§3, 4 (AMD). 2013, c. 6, §1 (AMD). 2015, c. 211, §1 (AMD).