SUMMARY OF BILL
ON THIRD READING
The bill would amend the Public Health Code to do the following:
-- Allow a pharmacist to partially fill in increments a prescription for a Schedule 2 controlled substance under certain circumstances (described below).
-- Limit the amount and supply of opioids a prescriber could prescribe for a patient who was being treated for acute pain, beginning July 1, 2018.
A pharmacist could partially fill a prescription for a Schedule 2 controlled substance in increments if one of the following applied:
-- The pharmacist was unable to supply the full quantity prescribed or the patient requested a smaller quantity than what was prescribed, in which case the prescription would have to be filled within 30 days after the date it was issued.
-- The prescription was filled upon the oral prescription of a practitioner, in which case the prescription would have to be filled within 72 hours after the first partial filling.
-- The prescription was for a terminally ill patient, in which case the prescription would have to be filled within 60 days after the date in which it was issued.
The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.
This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.