Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1085

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 6-2.5; IC 25-26-20; IC 34-30-2-101.5.

Synopsis: Drug tax exemption and drug repository program. Provides a sales tax exemption for nonprescription drugs. Establishes the regional drug repository program to distribute donated drugs to nonprofit health clinics.

Effective: July 1, 2004.





Reske




    January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Ways and Means.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1085



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 6-2.5-1-22.5; (04)IN1085.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 6-2.5-1-22.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 22.5. (a) "Nonprescription drug" means a nonnarcotic medicine or a drug that is:
        (1) sold without a prescription;
        (2) prepackaged for use by the consumer;
        (3) prepared by the manufacturer or producer for use by the consumer;
        (4) properly labeled; and
        (5) unadulterated;
under requirements of the state and federal governments.
    (b) The term does not include herbal products, dietary supplements, botanical extracts, or vitamins.

SOURCE: IC 6-2.5-5-39; (04)IN1085.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 6-2.5-5-39 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 39. Sales of nonprescription drugs are exempt from the state gross retail tax.
SOURCE: IC 25-26-20; (04)IN1085.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 25-26-20 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]:
    Chapter 20. Regional Drug Repository Program
    Sec. 1. The definitions in IC 25-26-13-2 apply throughout this chapter.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "nonprofit health clinic" means the following:
        (1) A federally qualified health center (as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(2)(B)).
        (2) A rural health clinic (as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(1)).
        (3) A nonprofit health clinic that provides medical care to patients who are indigent, uninsured, or underinsured.
    Sec. 3. (a) The board may organize a voluntary regional drug repository program to collect and redistribute drugs to
nonprofit health clinics.
    (b) The board may enter into a voluntary agreement with any of the following to serve as a regional drug repository:
        (1) A pharmacist or pharmacy.
        (2) A drug manufacturer.
        (3) A wholesale drug distributor.
        (4) A hospital licensed under IC 16-21.
        (5) A health care facility (as defined in IC 16-18-2-161).
        (6) A nonprofit health clinic.
    (c) A regional drug repository must hold a controlled substances registration issued under IC 35-48-3.
    (d) A regional drug repository may not receive compensation for participation in the program.
    Sec. 4. Unadulterated drugs, including a medication that has been returned under IC 25-26-13-25(i), may be donated without a prescription or drug order to the regional drug repository program by the following:
        (1) A pharmacist or pharmacy.
        (2) A drug manufacturer.
        (3) A wholesale drug distributor.
        (4) A hospital licensed under IC 16-21.
        (5) A health care facility (as defined in IC 16-18-2-161).
        (6) A hospice.
        (7) A practitioner.
    Sec. 5. A drug that is given by a regional drug repository to a nonprofit health clinic may not be:
        (1) sold; or
        (2) given to a patient except upon a practitioner's prescription or drug order.
    Sec. 6. (a) Except in cases of bad faith or willful misconduct, a person who donates a drug to the regional drug repository program and a nonprofit health clinic or practitioner who accepts or dispenses drugs under the program is not:
        (1) subject to disciplinary action;
        (2) subject to prosecution in a criminal action; or
        (3) liable for damages in a civil action for a patient's injury, death, or loss;
for matters related to the donation, acceptance, or dispensing of a drug under the program.
    (b) Except in cases of bad faith or willful misconduct, a drug manufacturer is not:
        (1) subject to prosecution in a criminal action; or
        (2) liable for damages in a civil action for a patient's injury, death, or loss;
for the failure to transfer or communicate product or consumer information or the expiration date of a drug that was made by the drug manufacturer and donated under the program.
    (c) Except in cases of bad faith or willful misconduct, a regional drug repository is not:
        (1) subject to prosecution in a criminal action; or
        (2) liable for damages in a civil action for a patient's injury, death, or loss;
related to the donation, acceptance, or dispensing of a drug under the program.
    Sec. 7. The board may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to:
        (1) establish standards and procedures for accepting, storing, and dispensing drugs donated under this chapter;
        (2) establish the types of drugs that may be donated; and
        (3) administer this chapter.

SOURCE: IC 34-30-2-101.5; (04)IN1085.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 34-30-2-101.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 101.5. IC 25-26-20-6 (Concerning drugs donated to a regional drug repository program).