Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act. Provides that in the absence of a police officer, State Police officer, coroner, or medical examiner at the scene of a death, a nurse or physician may dispose of unused medication found at the scene while engaging in the performance of his or her duties. Provides that anyone authorized to dispose of unused medications under the Act, and his or her employer, employees, or agents shall incur no civil liability, criminal liability, or professional discipline, except for willful or wanton misconduct, as a result of any injury arising from his or her good faith disposal or non-disposal of unused medication. Defines "nurse" and "physician". Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987 and the Nurse Practice Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Removes references to physicians in provisions concerning the disposal of unused medications and deletes the definition for "physician". Adds language providing that a nurse may dispose of any unused medications under provisions concerning the disposal of unused medications at the scene of a death only after consulting with any investigating law enforcement agency to ensure that the unused medications will not be needed as evidence in an investigation. Removes language providing that authorized individuals shall not be civilly liable for disposing of unused medications and removes an exception for cases of willful or wanton conduct. Removes provisions amending the Medical Practice Act of 1987 and Nurse Practice Act. Makes other changes.