Pharmacists and End of Life Option Act
The End of Life Option Act applies to adults 18 and older with a terminal illness that is likely to cause death within 6 months. The patient must also have the capacity to make his or her own medical decisions and self-administer the drug.
The act states that those who can dispense the lethal medication, plus additional medication to minimize the patient’s discomfort, include a licensed pharmacist who receives the written prescriptions personally, by mail, or electronically.
Using the Postal Service
The pharmacist may dispense the drug to the patient, attending physician, or another person designated by the individual, according to the bill, by personal delivery, or, with a signature required on delivery, by United Parcel Service, United States Postal Service, Federal Express, or by messenger service.
Contact a Volunteer
If you have questions, would like to discuss advance care planning further, or need help preparing your advance directives, please contact us. A volunteer will follow up with you to find out how we can assist.