The Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection yesterday passed SB 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), which would expand scope-of-practice rights for pharmacists. The committee failed to pass a companion bill (also authored by Hernandez) that would have expanded scope of practice for nurse practitioners. The failed bill, SB 491, can be reconsidered, setting up a final vote next week. The bill fell two votes short of approval with five committee members abstaining.
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