Representative Herod and Representative Alex Valdez, sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1061. The bill allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense HIV prevention medication if the pharmacist completes a training program approved by the Pharmacy Board. When prescribing the medication, a pharmacist must:
• screen the patient for HIV;
• provide counseling to the patient about the medication; and
• notify the patient's primary care provider.
In addition to these requirements, when prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis a pharmacist must also advise the patient on current federal guidelines and recommendations on taking the medication, and must document the services provided. When prescribing post-exposure prophylaxis, the pharmacist must provide HIV testing or determine if the patient is willing to receive an HIV test. This bill also requires all individual and group health benefit plans to provide coverage for HIV prevention medication prescribed by a pharmacist. In addition, a carrier cannot require a patient to undergo step therapy or receive prior authorization before a pharmacist can prescribe and dispense a HIV infection drug. The carrier must provide the pharmacist an adequate consultative fee or dispensing fee when prescribing and dispensing HIV prevention drugs.