|January 31, 2017 05:05 PM
|Senator Patrick M. Browne
|All Senate members
|I will be re-introducing SB 1409 of last session, which amends the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Act to permit pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for up to 30 days pursuant to certain restrictions. Co-sponsors from last session include: EICHELBERGER, GREENLEAF, MENSCH, SCAVELLO, SCHWANK, YUDICHAK, COSTA, BREWSTER, FOLMER, BARTOLOTTA, RAFFERTY, STEFANO, VULAKOVICH, KILLION and WARD.
The legislation provides that a patient who is on a drug essential to sustaining their life or essential to maintaining a consistent drug therapy, and is not a controlled substance, may receive a 30 day emergency refill without a prescription.
Under current law, a pharmacist can only provide one refill of the prescription limited to a seventy-two hour emergency supply. This change is necessary because there are instances in which certain drugs are not available in a 72 hour supply, such as insulin.
This legislation would permit the pharmacist to dispense up to a 30 day emergency supply as long as the existing restrictions for emergency prescriptions are met and include:
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
Introduced as SB542