Illinois Hypodermic Needle Access Program Awaiting Publication of Required Literature
January 13, 2004
A six-month-old Illinois program that allows anyone age 18 and older to purchase hypodermic needles without a prescription from a pharmacist still lacks the educational materials that pharmacists are required to hand out during sales transactions, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (Skalski, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/10). Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) in July 2003 signed into law a bill allowing individuals to purchase up to 20 needles at a time from a pharmacy. The pharmacy is required to offer the buyer educational materials on drug treatment and safe needle disposal. The Illinois Department of Public Health will pay for the educational brochures, which will cost approximately $100,000 in the first year (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/29/03). The health department last month hired the AIDS Foundation of Chicago to make recommendations about what information to include in the literature. The foundation has until March 1 to make its recommendations, and the health department then will develop the materials and take bids for printing them. Some pharmacists are not selling needles and syringes without a doctor's prescription because they currently do not have the literature for patrons that is required by the law.
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