South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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H. 4711

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Fry, Hewitt, Pendarvis, Oremus, McKnight, Huggins, Wooten, Bennett, Bales, McCravy, Ridgeway, Mack, Bailey, Johnson, Elliott, Dillard, Trantham, G.R. Smith, B. Newton, Mace, Hosey, Anderson, Taylor, Ligon and Erickson
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Introduced in the House on January 14, 2020
Currently residing in the House

Summary: Naloxone

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  11/20/2019  House   Prefiled
  11/20/2019  House   Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and 
                        Municipal Affairs
   1/14/2020  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 75)
   1/14/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and 
                        Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 75)
   2/19/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hewitt, 
                        Pendarvis, Oremus, McKnight, Huggins, Wooten, Bennett, 
                        Bales, McCravy, Ridgeway, Mack, Bailey, Johnson, 
                        Elliott, Dillard, Trantham, G.R.Smith, B.Newton, Mace, 
                        Hosey, Anderson, Taylor, Ligon, Erickson
   2/20/2020  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Medical, 
                        Military, Public and Municipal Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 8)
   2/26/2020  House   Debate adjourned until  Thur., 2-27-20 
                        (House Journal-page 55)
    3/3/2020  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s).  Tallon, Hixon, Bryant, 
                        Forrest, Hiott, Hewitt, Hyde, Davis, Allison, Thayer, 
                        DC Moss, GR Smith, Bannister, Hill, Forrester 
                        (House Journal-page 20)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

11/20/2019
2/20/2020

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COMMITTEE REPORT

February 20, 2020

H. 4711

Introduced by Reps. Fry, Hewitt, Pendarvis, Oremus, McKnight, Huggins, Wooten, Bennett, Bales, McCravy, Ridgeway, Mack, Bailey, Johnson, Elliott, Dillard, Trantham, G.R. Smith, B. Newton, Mace, Hosey, Anderson, Taylor, Ligon and Erickson

S. Printed 2/20/20--H.

Read the first time January 14, 2020.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL,

MILITARY, PUBLIC AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 4711) to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 44-53-361 so as to require prescribers to offer a prescription for naloxone to, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

/        SECTION    1.        Article 3, Chapter 53, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 44-53-361.    (A)    A prescriber shall do the following when writing a prescription for an opioid medication:

(1)    offer a prescription for a drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression to a patient and document the offer in the patient's medical record when one or more of the following conditions are present:

(a)    the prescription dosage for the patient is ninety or more morphine milligram equivalents of an opioid medication per day;

(b)    an opioid medication is prescribed concurrently with a prescription for benzodiazepine; or

(c)    the patient presents with an increased risk for overdose, including a patient with a history of overdose, a patient with a history of substance use disorder, or a patient at risk for returning to a high dose of opioid medication to which the patient is no longer tolerant;

(2)    consistent with the existing standard of care, provide education to patients receiving a prescription pursuant to item (1) on overdose prevention and the use of a drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression; and

(3)    consistent with the existing standard of care, provide education on overdose prevention and the use of a drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression to one or more persons designated by the patient, or, for a patient who is a minor, to the minor's parent or guardian.

(B)    A prescriber who fails to offer a prescription, as required by subsection (A)(1), or fails to provide the education and use information required by subsections (A)(2) and (3) may be referred to the appropriate licensing board solely for the imposition of administrative sanctions deemed appropriate by that board. This section does not create a private right of action against a prescriber, and does not limit a prescriber's liability for the negligent failure to diagnose or treat a patient."

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

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

LEON HOWARD for Committee.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

Updated for additional Agency Response on January 29, 2020

Introduced on January 14, 2020

State Expenditure

This bill requires prescribers to offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or a similar drug for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression when certain conditions exist. The bill adds requirements for the prescribing physician to provide education to patients. Any prescriber that fails to provide this education to a patient will be referred to the appropriate licensing board for the imposition of administrative sanctions.

Department of Health and Environmental Control. Naloxone hydrochloride is a Schedule IV drug, which is monitored as part of DHEC's prescription monitoring program. This bill does not materially alter the oversight or regulatory duties of DHEC. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on the agency.

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The licensing boards for prescribers are under the regulation of LLR. This bill does not materially alter the oversight or regulatory duties of the boards. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on LLR.

Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. DDSN has authority over all of the state's services and programs for the treatment and training of persons with intellectual disability, related disabilities, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. DDSN indicates the provisions of this bill would apply to less than one percent of the patients in their regional centers, and any increase in expenses would be minimal. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on DDSN.

Department of Mental Health. DMH has jurisdiction over all of the State's mental hospitals, clinics and centers, joint State and community sponsored mental health clinics and centers and facilities for the treatment and care of alcohol and drug addicts, including the authority to name each facility. Currently, DMH does not prescribe opiates outside of the hospital setting in which patients being prescribed an opioid would be under the care and supervision of medical professionals. DMH indicates the provisions of this bill will not materially alter their current practices. Therefore, this bill will not have an expenditure impact on DMH.

Prefiled on November 20, 2019

State Expenditure

This bill requires prescribers to offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or a similar drug for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression when certain conditions exist. The bill adds requirements for the prescribing physician to provide education to patients. Any prescriber that fails to provide this education to a patient will be referred to the appropriate licensing board for the imposition of administrative sanctions.

Department of Health and Environmental Control. Naloxone hydrochloride is a Schedule IV drug, which is monitored as part of DHEC's prescription monitoring program. This bill does not materially alter the oversight or regulatory duties of DHEC. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on the agency.

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The licensing boards for prescribers are under the regulation of LLR. This bill does not materially alter the oversight or regulatory duties of the boards. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on LLR.

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-53-361 SO AS TO REQUIRE PRESCRIBERS TO OFFER A PRESCRIPTION FOR NALOXONE TO A PATIENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

SECTION    1.        Article 3, Chapter 53, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 44-53-361.    (A)    A prescriber shall do the following:

(1)    offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or another drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression to a patient when one or more of the following conditions are present:

(a)    the prescription dosage for the patient is ninety or more morphine milligram equivalents of an opioid medication per day;

(b)    an opioid medication is prescribed concurrently with a prescription for benzodiazepine; or

(c)    the patient presents with an increased risk for overdose, including a patient with a history of overdose, a patient with a history of substance use disorder, or a patient at risk for returning to a high dose of opioid medication to which the patient is no longer tolerant;

(2)    consistent with the existing standard of care, provide education to patients receiving a prescription pursuant to item (1) on overdose prevention and the use of naloxone hydrochloride or another drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression; and

(3)    consistent with the existing standard of care, provide education on overdose prevention and the use of naloxone hydrochloride or another drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression to one or more persons designated by the patient, or, for a patient who is a minor, to the minor's parent or guardian.

(B)    A prescriber who fails to offer a prescription, as required by subsection (A)(1), or fails to provide the education and use information required by subsections (A)(2) and (3) must be referred to the appropriate licensing board solely for the imposition of administrative sanctions deemed appropriate by that board. This section does not create a private right of action against a prescriber, and does not limit a prescriber's liability for the negligent failure to diagnose or treat a patient."

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

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