HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2621        FILED ON: 2/18/2021

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2325


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to pharmacy testing.






Date Added:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex


Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth


Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester


Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth


Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol


Hannah Kane

11th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2621        FILED ON: 2/18/2021

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2325

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2325) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and others for legislation to establish a written statewide protocol for pharmacists to test or screen for and initiate treatment or therapy for qualified health conditions.  Public Health.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-Second General Court



An Act relative to pharmacy testing.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general provisions or special laws to the contrary, the board of pharmacy shall establish a written statewide protocol for pharmacists to test or screen for and initiate treatment or therapy for qualified health conditions. For purposes of this act, the board will only require the oversight of the manager of record.

The list of qualified conditions for testing, screening, and treatment or therapy shall include Influenza, Streptococcal infections, COVID-19, HIV, and any other health condition approved by the board. Treatment or therapy for HIV may include an HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, or an HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PEP.

For the purposes of this act, causing a test to be administered shall include collecting a specimen, or overseeing the collection of a specimen. This section now and causing the specimen to be sent to a laboratory with the capacity to perform the test.  

The laboratory shall be authorized under federal and State law to perform the test, including, but not limited to, the federal "Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA)," Pub. L. 100-578 (42 U.S.C. s.263a), and relevant state regulations. If the test which is administered is one for which the analysis can be performed at a CLIA-waived facility or pharmacy and if the pharmacy at which the specimen is collected has a CLIA waiver, then the test may be processed at that pharmacy.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 using a test administered by a pharmacist then the pharmacist shall advise the patient to follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines. If the patient is a member of a group that is at high risk for health complications from COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of a severe adverse reaction to COVID-19, the pharmacist shall also advise the patient to promptly seek treatment at a hospital or contact the patient’s health care provider. The pharmacist shall ensure compliance with all other State and federal requirements concerning a positive test for COVID-19, including applicable reporting and data collection requirements.

A pharmacist who tests or screens for and initiates treatment or therapy for a health condition in accordance with the statewide protocol established pursuant to this Section may use any test that guides diagnosis or clinical decision-making which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has determined qualifies for a waiver in accordance with the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or the federal rules adopted thereunder, or any established screening procedure that can safely be performed by a pharmacist under the pharmacist's professional license.

An insurance carrier and/or pharmacy benefit manager shall develop adequate provider and consult codes as authorized by this act for pharmacy compensation.