2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:13-11 - Powers of commissioner relative to medications, medical supplies; rationing.
26:13-11 Powers of commissioner relative to medications, medical supplies; rationing.
11. a. During a state of public health emergency, the commissioner may purchase, obtain, store, distribute or take for priority redistribution any anti-toxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics and other pharmaceutical agents or medical supplies as may be reasonable and necessary to respond to the public health emergency, with the right to take immediate possession thereof.
b.If a state of public health emergency results in a Statewide or regional shortage or threatened shortage of any product under subsection a. of this section, the commissioner may issue and enforce orders to control, restrict and regulate by rationing and using quotas, prohibitions on shipments, allocation or other means, the use, sale, dispensing, distribution or transportation of the relevant product necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the people of the State.
c.In making rationing or other supply and distribution decisions, the commissioner may give preference to health care providers, disaster response personnel, mortuary staff and such other persons as the commissioner deems appropriate in order to respond to the public health emergency.
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