BILL SUMMARY for SB09-251
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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|Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-251 to the Committee||PASS|
01:55 PM -- Senate Bill 09-251
Representative Riesberg presented Senate Bill 09-251 which permits optometrists and physicians to prescribe and sell drug dispensing contact lenses. Representative Riesberg explained that under current law, optometrists and physicians may prescribe drugs, however, only pharmacies may legally sell drugs. He explained that a new type of contact lenses corrects vision and distributes controlled drug therapy, such as allergy medicine, for example. Representative Riesberg stated that optometrists can dispense eye drops, but cannot send those eye drops home with the patient. He stated that patients who are prescribed drug releasing contact lenses must obtain the product from a pharmacist prior to having the product adjusted by a physician or optometrist. He stated that the bill allows optometrists to dispense these types of contacts.
01:59 PM -- Richard Brown, Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Brown explained that optometrists can dispense a device for a fee, but the federal government has classified these new contact lenses as a drug. He stated that optometrists cannot dispense a drug under current law. He stated that the bill would allow optometrists to dispense the contacts. Mr. Brown responded to committee questions.
02:07 PM -- Dr. Donna Ellinger, Colorado Optometric Association, spoke in favor of the bill. She stated that the definition of "dispense for a fee" means that the patient can buy a supply of contact lenses from their optometrist. She stated that the bill allows optometrists to dispense the contacts for a fee and that patients will be able to buy a supply of contacts. She concurred with Mr. Brown's testimony. She explained that contact lenses are considered a device by the federal government and that the time release contacts have been defined as a drug. She stated that the bill does not expand the scope of practice for optometrists.
Representative Riesberg provided concluding remarks to the bill.
|TIME: || 02:13:05 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-251 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a 11-0 roll call vote.|
Not Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
The committee adjourned.