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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Signs Bill Making Ivermectin Available Without Prescription

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill on Apr. 22, 2022, allowing Ivermectin to be dispensed without a prescription.

The bill states, “a pharmacist, in good faith, may provide Ivermectin to a patient who is eighteen (18) years of age or older pursuant to a valid collaborative pharmacy practice agreement containing a non-patient-specific prescriptive order and standardized procedures developed and executed by one (1) or more authorized prescribers.”

UncoverDC reported:

Introduced by Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) on Jan. 31, Senate Bill 2188 was co-sponsored by Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City). The amended version of the bill signed by Gov. Lee will create a standard procedure for pharmacists to easily dispense Ivermectin to patients while protecting a pharmacist or doctor from being held liable for doing so.

Enacted by adding a new section to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 10, Part 2, the law states that “a pharmacist or prescriber acting in good faith and with reasonable care involved in the provision of Ivermectin pursuant to this section is immune from disciplinary or adverse administrative actions under this title for acts or omissions during the provision of Ivermectin.” The law further states:

“A pharmacist or prescriber involved in the provision of Ivermectin pursuant to this section is immune from civil liability in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct for actions authorized by this section.”

The state’s board of pharmacy is tasked with adopting rules to establish standard procedures for the provision of Ivermectin by pharmacists, including providing patients with a screening risk assessment tool. They will also offer a standardized fact sheet that includes the indications and contraindications for using Ivermectin, the appropriate method for using the drug, and the importance of medical follow-up, among other information deemed relevant by the board. 

The bill passed the Senate in a vote of 23-6 and passed the House on a 66-20 party-line vote.

Bill sponsor Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) stated it’s a safe and effective alternative to the experimental COVID-19 “vaccines.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press added:

“This bill as amended would allow Tennesseans to have a solution for early at-home care in the event they get a virus such as COVID or something like that,” Lynn said in presenting the bill in the House on Thursday.

She said the bill allows a pharmacist to provide ivermectin to a patient who is 18 or older pursuant to a “collaborative pharmacy practice agreement” containing a non-patient specific prescriptive order developed and carried out by one or more authorized prescribers.

It directs the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy to develop procedures such as proper dosage and “everything else that’s needed” to responsibly dispense ivermectin.

“This bill does not require pharmacists to dispense ivermectin,” Lynn said, adding that the bill includes a provision that a pharmacist or a prescriber acting in good faith is immune from disciplinary actions or civil liability.

“So I just heard you admit there you want to remove any liability from the pharmacists for giving, handing this out. Why would we want to do that if this was such a great way to treat these conditions?” Rep. Bo Mitchell, a Nashville Democrat, asked.

Lynn said it was because the pharmacist is not the prescriber and would simply be consulting with the patient or a family member.

“They’re making up their mind to seek this very very safe, historically safe medication that works well on viruses,” Lynn said.

Dr. Lynn Fynn, an expert in the early treatment of COVID-19, also played a crucial role in the bill becoming law. On Apr. 25, Dr. Fynn shared the news of Tennessee’s accomplishment, stating on her Telegram channel:

“Proud of my team! Because Global Covid Summit and FLCCC testified at the TN State Legislature so effectively, Ivermectin is now Over The Counter! No prescription and no consult needed! This is unprecedented as in the past, only the FDA was able to determine this; however, TN got it done!” 

Watch Dr. Lynn Fynn at Defeat the Mandates Coast to Coast:

Read SB2188 HERE.

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