South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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S. 16

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Rankin and Cash
Document Path: l:\s-res\lar\001phar.sp.lar.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 8, 2019
Introduced in the House on January 30, 2019
Last Amended on May 7, 2019
Currently residing in conference committee

Summary: Emergency prescription refills

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/12/2018  Senate  Prefiled
  12/12/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs
    1/8/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 45)
    1/8/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs 
                        (Senate Journal-page 45)
   1/17/2019  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Medical 
                        Affairs (Senate Journal-page 4)
   1/24/2019  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 28)
   1/24/2019  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 28)
   1/24/2019  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 28)
   1/25/2019          Scrivener's error corrected
   1/29/2019  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 23)
   1/29/2019  Senate  Roll call Ayes-43  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 23)
   1/30/2019  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 6)
   1/30/2019  House   Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and 
                        Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 6)
    5/1/2019  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Medical, 
                        Military, Public and Municipal Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 27)
    5/7/2019  House   Amended (House Journal-page 14)
    5/7/2019  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 14)
    5/7/2019  House   Roll call Yeas-106  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 15)
    5/8/2019  House   Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments 
                        (House Journal-page 46)
    5/9/2019  Senate  Non-concurrence in House amendment 
                        (Senate Journal-page 110)
    5/9/2019  Senate  Roll call Ayes-0  Nays-39 (Senate Journal-page 110)
   1/15/2020  House   House insists upon amendment and conference committee 
                        appointed Reps.  Ridgeway, Spires, and Parks 
                        (House Journal-page 83)
   1/28/2020  Senate  Conference committee appointed  Alexander, Cromer, and 
                        Scott (Senate Journal-page 10)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/12/2018
1/17/2019
1/25/2019
5/1/2019
5/7/2019

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AMENDED

May 7, 2019

S. 16

Introduced by Senators Rankin and Cash

S. Printed 5/7/19--H.

Read the first time January 30, 2019.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

Amended by Senate Medical Affairs on January 24, 2019

State Expenditure

This bill increases the amount of prescription medication that a pharmacist may dispense as part of an emergency refill. Pharmacists are licensed and monitored by the Board of Pharmacy, which is under the regulation of LLR. LLR indicates that this bill does not create additional responsibilities of the board. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on LLR.

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 40-43-86(P) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO EMERGENCY REFILLS OF PRESCRIPTIONS BY PHARMACISTS, TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF A PRESCRIPTION THAT MAY BE REFILLED WHEN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE PRESCRIBER IS NOT OBTAINABLE FROM A TEN-DAY SUPPLY TO A THIRTY-DAY SUPPLY, AND TO PROVIDE CONDITIONS.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 40-43-86(P) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(P)    If a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense, once within a twelve-month period, an emergency refill of up to a ten-day fourteen-day supply of the prescribed medication if:

(1)    the prescription is not for a controlled substance;

(2)    the medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy;

(3)    in the pharmacist's professional judgment, continuing the therapy for up to ten fourteen days will produce no undesirable health consequences or cause physical or mental discomfort;

(4)    the pharmacist properly records the dispensing and labels the medication package as an emergency refill; and

(5)    the dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the refill and the amount of the refill, not to exceed a ten-day fourteen-day supply, within a reasonable time, but no later than ten days after the once in twelve months refill dispensing.

In the event that a pharmacist is unable to dispense an emergency refill for the time period specified in this subsection due to the medication's packaging, the pharmacist is permitted to dispense up to a thirty-day quantity of the medication so long as the requirements contained in this subsection are otherwise met."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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