Texas Pharmacy Law: Expanding the Role of Pharmacists to Administer Epinephrine – Nurse Practitioner




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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States have allergies. Allergies occur when the body’s immune system overreacts to a substance because it interprets the substance as harmful. In response to a harmful substance (an allergen), the immune system makes antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) which cause the traditional symptoms of an allergic reaction. Allergens can be anything that the body determines to be harmful including food, drugs, certain insects (such as those that sting, cockroaches, and dust mites), materials such as latex, mold, pets, pollen, or even exercise. Often allergies are not severe and cause symptoms that present as discomforts such as hives, runny nose, sneezing, or watery eyes. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of an allergic reaction. The Texas Administrative Code defines anaphylaxis as “a sudden, severe, and potentially lifethreatening allergic reaction that occurs when a person is exposed to an allergen.”


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Course Information

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioner

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the administrative, notification, and reporting requirements of a pharmacist who administers epinephrine in an emergency.
  • Outline the liability protections outlined by 22 TAC §295.16 titled “Administration of Epinephrine by a Pharmacist”
  • Recognize the importance of being prepared to respond to an anaphylaxis emergency in the pharmacy setting

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Nurse Practitioner : 0798-0000-21-210-H03
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at www.RxConsultant.com with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.