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§ 873.2. Definitions

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 35 P.S. Health and SafetyEffective: January 3, 2017

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 6B. Drugs, Poisons and Dangerous Substances
Safe Emergency Prescribing Act
Effective: January 3, 2017
35 P.S. § 873.2
§ 873.2. Definitions
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Emergency department.” An entity within a hospital that is organizationally distinct from other outpatient facilities and whose primary function is to provide emergency accident or emergency medical or surgical care.
“Health care practitioner.” As defined in section 103 of the act of July 19, 1979 (P.L. 130, No. 48),1 known as the Health Care Facilities Act, including a practitioner who provides services in an emergency department at a hospital or urgent care center and is authorized to prescribe medication under the laws of this Commonwealth.
“Hospital.” As defined in section 802.1 of the Health Care Facilities Act.2
“Observation status.” When a patient receives onsite services from a hospital for more than 23 consecutive hours, including a hospital bed and meals that have been provided in an area of the hospital other than the hospital emergency room, and the patient has not been formally admitted as an inpatient at the hospital.
“Opioid drug product.” Any of the following:
(1) A preparation or derivative of opium.
(2) A synthetic narcotic that has opiate-like effects, but is not derived from opium.
(3) A group of naturally occurring peptides that bind at or otherwise influence opiate receptors, including an opioid agonist.
“Urgent care center.” An organization or business entity that provides outpatient treatment to patients with urgent medical conditions, illnesses or injuries on an unscheduled basis but that is not licensed as a hospital or an ambulatory surgical facility. The term does not include the offices of private physicians, whether for individual or group practice.


2016, Nov. 2, P.L. 976, No. 122, § 2, effective in 60 days [Jan. 3, 2017].


35 P.S. § 448.103.
35 P.S. § 448.802a.
35 P.S. § 873.2, PA ST 35 P.S. § 873.2
Current through the end of the 2023 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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