Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, immunizations are an important part of preventative health care, and physicians are trained in the administration of immunizations; and
WHEREAS, retail stores including pharmacies do not have access to 24 hour interventions and adverse effects could be detrimental and possibly life-threatening to patients; and any adverse effects of immunizations given elsewhere would then need be addressed by a physician, who has inadequate information as to the specific vaccine given, the technique (good or otherwise) of administration, and who may have to deal with a substantial delay in care; and
WHEREAS, many children only present to the physician for routine preventative visits when due for immunizations; and
WHEREAS, young and older patients not keeping visits for routine preventative visits is counterproductive; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Medical Society opposes the administration of immunizations by pharmacists or other non-physicians in locations not having a physician in attendance. (policy)
Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.