OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5241

AN ACT CONCERNING PHARMACIST AND PRACTITIONER COMPLIANCE RATES AND THE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the public health and consumer protection commissioners to review pharmacists' and prescribing practitioners' compliance with the electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program's (PMP) requirements. By January 1, 2019, the commissioners must submit a joint report to the General Law and Public Health committees with their shared recommendations for increasing compliance rates. (The reporting deadline is the same as the bill's effective date.)

By law, (1) prescribers or their designees must consult the PMP database before issuing certain prescriptions for controlled substances and (2) pharmacists and dispensing practitioners must submit data to the PMP database promptly after dispensing controlled substance prescriptions (CGS 21a-254(j)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2019

COMMITTEE ACTION

General Law Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

17

Nay

0

(03/20/2018)