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Iowa Dental Board Sedation Rule Update

The Iowa Dental Board recently adopted rulemaking related to sedation and nitrous oxide, Iowa Administrative Code 650 - Chapter 29. The rules update and clarify requirements for minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, general anesthesia and the use of nitrous oxide.  They will be effective August 21, 2019.  

 The Board of Pharmacy recently adopted final rulemaking to implement 2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2377, which mandates the electronic transmission of all prescriptions not subject to an exception as of January 1, 2020. The Board's rules will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on July 31, 2019 and will be effective September 4, 2019. 

The adopted rules provide additional clarification on what constitutes an "emergency situation." Specifically, "an emergency situation may include, but is not limited to, the issuance of a prescription to meet the immediate care need of a patient after hours when a prescriber is unable to access electronic prescribing capabilities. Such prescription shall be limited to a quantity sufficient to meet the acute need of the patient with no authorized refills."

The adopted rules also finalize the petition for exemption to the electronic transmission mandate. Prescribers and pharmacies who wish to seek exemption must submit a completed petition request by October 1, 2019. The petition request form may be found on the Iowa Dental Board website. Only completed petition requests will be considered for exemption.