General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6406

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

3/12/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/5/2013

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

General Law Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To improve and expand the electronic prescription drug monitoring program by requiring reporting on a weekly basis rather than twice a month as current law requires.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

William Rubenstein, Commissioner, Department of Consumer Protection

Testified that the bill makes separate changes after the agency's review of statutes. These changes will make the department a more efficient and responsive agency.

George C. Jepson, Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General

“”Prescription drug abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions in our country. Emergency Room visits involving misuse or abuse of prescription drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2010, and prescription medications are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 and 13 year old.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Jill Spineti, President and CEO, The Governor's Prevention Partnership

“I am here today to ask for your support in strengthening the Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP), HB 6404, to help reduce the availability of prescription drugs to Connecticut's youth.”

Marghie Giuliano, Pharmacist and the Executive Vice President, Connecticut Pharmacist Association

“This legislation would expand the current Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP) to include non-resident pharmacies and other dispensers of controlled prescription medications. Both pharmacists and prescribers can benefit from accessing this program. Ensuring patients are getting the medications they need is critical.”

Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), American College of Surgeons Connecticut Chapter (ACS) and American College of Physicians Connecticut Chapter (ACP)

“The proposed before you today makes critical changes to the state's Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (PMRP). We believe prescribers should be encouraged to use the system in situations when concern over misuse of controlled substances arises.”

Jennifer DeWitt, Executive Director, Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Council

“Connecticut experts have been tracking the growing problem of prescription drug abuse for several years. One in three drug-related deaths in Connecticut were related to the use of opiates (heroin and/or prescription drugs) from the State Medical Examiner's Office's most recent report. Prescription drug abuse has become the leading cause of death for aged 15-34 in Connecticut, according to 2010 data from Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse and Western Connecticut State University.”

Robert Brex, Executive Director, Northeast Communities Against Substance on Behalf of the Connecticut Prevention Network

“I have seen prescription drug use and abuse intensify in our society and our state. The Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN) supports HB 6404 as it strengthens the Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in several ways. It will require the registration of any persons that prescribes medications and it also requires chain pharmacies to allow computer access by their personnel to their program. We need as many tools as possible to reduce prescription drug abuse and this bill increases the likelihood that this monitoring system will be used to a greater extent.”

Connecticut Hospital Association

“CHA supports the goal of HB 6404, which is to better monitor the prescribing of controlled substances, and to ultimately reduce overuse by patients and unnecessary prescribing by practitioners.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None submitted

Reported by: Angel Morales

Date: 3/26/13