South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

Download This Bill in Microsoft Word format

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

H. 4938

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Rep. Ridgeway
Document Path: l:\council\bills\cc\15682vr20.docx

Introduced in the House on January 15, 2020
Currently residing in the House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs

Summary: Electronic prescriptions

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   1/15/2020  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 73)
   1/15/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and 
                        Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 73)

View the latest legislative information at the website

VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/15/2020

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 44-53-360, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING IN PART TO ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTIONS, SO AS TO ADD CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS TO ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING REQUIREMENTS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.

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

SECTION    1.    Section 44-53-360(j)(5), as last amended by Act 65 of 2019, and (k)(1), as added by Act 243 of 2018, of the 1976 Code, is further amended to read:

    "(5)(A)(k)(1)    Unless otherwise exempted by this subsection, a practitioner shall electronically prescribe any controlled substance included in Schedules II, III, IV, and V. This subsection does not apply to prescriptions for a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V issued by any of the following:

                (i)(A)    a practitioner, other than a pharmacist, who dispenses directly to the ultimate user;

                (ii)(B)    a practitioner who orders a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V to be administered in a hospital, nursing home, hospice facility, outpatient dialysis facility, or residential care facility;

                (iii)(C)    a practitioner who experiences temporary technological or electrical failure or other extenuating technical circumstances that prevent a prescription from being transmitted electronically; however, the practitioner must document the reason for this exception in the patient's medical record;

                (iv)(D)    a practitioner who writes a prescription for a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V to be dispensed by a pharmacy located on federal property; however, the practitioner must document the reason for this exception in the patient's medical record;

                (v)(E)    a person licensed to practice veterinary medicine pursuant to Chapter 69, Title 40; or

                (vi)(F)    a practitioner who writes a prescription for a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V for a patient who is being discharged from a hospital, emergency department, or urgent care or for a patient who is receiving services from a facility established pursuant to Section 44-11-10; or

                (G)    a practitioner who writes a prescription for a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V that does not exceed a five-day supply for the patient.

            (B)(2)    A prescription for a controlled substance included in Schedules II, III, IV, and V that includes elements that are not supported by the most recently implemented version of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs Prescriber/Pharmacist Interface SCRIPT Standard is exempt from this subsection.

            (C)(3)    A dispenser is not required to verify that a practitioner properly falls under one of the exceptions specified in subsection (A) item (1) or (B)(2) before dispensing a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V. A dispenser may continue to dispense a controlled substance included in Schedules II through V from valid written, oral, faxed, or electronic prescriptions that are otherwise consistent with applicable laws.

            (D)(4)    A dispenser is immune from any civil or criminal liability or disciplinary action from the State Board of Pharmacy for dispensing a prescription written by a prescriber that is in violation of this subsection.

    (k)(l)(1)    A written prescription for any Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substance must be written on tamper-resistant prescription pads which contain one or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent all of the following:

            (A)    unauthorized copying of a completed or blank prescription form;

            (B)    erasure or modification of information written on the prescription by the prescriber; and

            (C)    use of counterfeit prescription forms."

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

----XX----


This web page was last updated on January 17, 2020 at 12:44 PM