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Daily Legislative Brief from February 25, 2020

Health Care

SB 714 – Relating to Testing for and Treatment of Influenza and Streptococcus

On Tuesday, February 25, SB 714 by Senator Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) was heard by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and was reported favorable with 6 yeas and 2 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this legislation.

Pharmacy is the third largest health profession behind nursing and medicine and the Board of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Department of Health, regulates the practice of pharmacists and pharmacies.

The bill amends the definition of the “practice of the profession of pharmacy” to include the testing for and treatment of influenza (flu) and streptococcus (the bacteria that causes strep throat) by a pharmacist.

SB 714 will now move to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AIF supports increased access to care which keeps healthcare and insurance costs low for businesses while providing a healthy workforce.