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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2022 12:29 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prohibiting The Use Of Telemedicine In Certain Circumstances
I will be re-introducing legislation that prohibits the use of telemedicine services or technologies in the administration of any medications that are required to be delivered or administered in certain healthcare settings, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS).  Senate Bill 923 of the 2021-2022 legislative session was cosponsored by Senators J.Ward, Pittman, Hutchinson, DiSanto, and Gordner.

The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2007 gave the FDA the authority to require a REMS for certain medications with serious safety concerns to help ensure the benefits of the medication outweigh the risks.  This drug safety program was designed to reinforce use behaviors and actions that support the safe use of that medications.  While all medications have labeling that informs health care providers about medication risks, only a few require a REMS.  Most REMS include a communication component about the specific safety risk or risks that the REMS is intended to mitigate, while others include additional requirements such as clinical activities or interventions.

My legislation is intended to supplement the safety requirements imposed by the FDA by providing an additional layer of protection for individuals who are prescribed these drugs. While the use of telemedicine is an invaluable tool to expand access to healthcare, it should not be utilized under certain circumstances that could potentially compromise or put an individual’s health at risk.  

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.

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Introduced as SB710