2019 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - Health and Vital Statistics
Section 26:16-6 - Responsibilities of attending physician.

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 26:16-6 (2019)

26:16-6 Responsibilities of attending physician.

6. a. The attending physician shall ensure that all appropriate steps are carried out in accordance with the provisions of P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-1 et al.) before writing a prescription for medication that a qualified terminally ill patient may choose to self-administer pursuant to P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-1 et al.), including such actions as are necessary to:

(1) make the initial determination of whether a patient is terminally ill, is capable, and has voluntarily made the request for medication pursuant to P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-1 et al.);

(2) require that the patient demonstrate New Jersey residency pursuant to section 11 of P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-11);

(3) inform the patient of: the patient's medical diagnosis and prognosis; the potential risks associated with taking the medication to be prescribed; the probable result of taking the medication to be prescribed; and the feasible alternatives to taking the medication, including, but not limited to, concurrent or additional treatment opportunities, palliative care, comfort care, hospice care, and pain control;

(4) refer the patient to a consulting physician for medical confirmation of the diagnosis and prognosis, and for a determination that the patient is capable and acting voluntarily;

(5) refer the patient to a mental health care professional, if appropriate, pursuant to section 8 of P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-8);

(6) recommend that the patient participate in a consultation concerning concurrent or additional treatment opportunities, palliative care, comfort care, hospice care, and pain control options for the patient, and provide the patient with a referral to a health care professional qualified to discuss these options with the patient;

(7) advise the patient about the importance of having another person present if and when the patient chooses to self-administer medication prescribed under P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-1 et al.) and of not taking the medication in a public place;

(8) inform the patient of the patient's opportunity to rescind the request at any time and in any manner, and offer the patient an opportunity to rescind the request at the time the patient makes a second oral request as provided in section 10 of P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-10); and

(9) fulfill the medical record documentation requirements of P.L.2019, c.59 (C.26:16-1 et al.).

b. The attending physician shall:

(1) dispense medication directly, including ancillary medication intended to facilitate the desired effect to minimize the patient's discomfort, if the attending physician is authorized under law to dispense and has a current federal Drug Enforcement Administration certificate of registration; or

(2) contact a pharmacist to inform the latter of the prescription, and transmit the written prescription personally, by mail, or by permissible electronic communication to the pharmacist, who shall dispense the medication directly to either the patient, the attending physician, or an expressly identified agent of the patient.

Medication dispensed pursuant to this subsection shall not be dispensed to the patient by mail or other form of courier.

L.2019, c.59, s.6.

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