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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Sponsors: Senators Rankin and Cash
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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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
May 7, 2019
S. Printed 5/7/19--H.
Read the first time January 30, 2019.
Explanation of Fiscal Impact
Amended by Senate Medical Affairs on January 24, 2019
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
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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