SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 94C of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the definition for “Marihuana” the following definition:-
“Medication Order”, an order for medication that is entered on a patient's medical record maintained at a hospital, other health facility, or ambulatory health care setting and that is dispensed only for immediate administration at the facility to the ultimate user by an individual who under chapter 94C may prescribe and administer such medication. Where this chapter requires a prescription, a "Medication Order" shall satisfy such requirement for all purposes.
SECTION 2. Said section 1 of said chapter 94C is hereby further amended by adding the following 2 subsections to the definition of “practitioner”:-
(d) A nurse practitioner, only if said nurse practitioner has independent practice authority under section 80E of chapter 112, who is registered to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to, or use in teaching or chemical analysis, a controlled substance in the course of professional practice or research in the commonwealth.
(e) A nurse anesthetist, only if said nurse anesthetist has independent practice authority under section 80H of chapter 112, who is registered to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to, or use in teaching or chemical analysis, a controlled substance in the course of professional practice or research in the commonwealth.
SECTION 3. Subsection (d) of section 7 of said chapter 94C, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby further amended by striking out paragraph (7) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph: -
(7) any person performing the nursing services which do not require licensure as a nurse by clauses (1), (2), (3) and (5) of section 80B of chapter 112 when any such person is acting under the supervision of a practitioner;
SECTION 4. Section 7 of said chapter 94C, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the words “or veterinarian” in line 122 the following: - “or to a nurse practitioner with independent practice authority pursuant to section 80E of chapter 112, or to a nurse anesthetist with independent practice authority pursuant to section 80H of chapter 112,”
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