|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 21, 2012||committed to rules|
|Mar 29, 2012||advanced to third reading|
|Mar 28, 2012||2nd report cal.|
|Mar 27, 2012||1st report cal.467|
|Mar 16, 2012||referred to health|
senate Bill S6745
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S6745 - Details
- Law Section:
- Public Health Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §3331, Pub Health L; amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
S6745 - Summary
Provides that the initial prescription or dispensing of a controlled substance for acute pain shall be limited to a 3-10 day supply; prohibits the imposition of an additional health insurance copayment if a subsequent prescription is issued for an aggregate of not more than a 30 day supply of such controlled substance.
S6745 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S6745 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to limiting the initial prescription of a controlled substance for the alleviation of acute pain to between a three to ten day supply; and to amend the insurance law, in relation to coverage of such prescriptions PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would limit the number of schedule II or III controlled substance pain pills initially prescribed to someone suffering from acute pain. This serves two important purposes: (1) it encourages patients whose acute pain lasts longer than initially expected to follow up with a doctor, and (2) it lessens the number of pills left in medicine cabinets and available for diversion. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds subsections (b) and (c) to Subdivision 5 of section 3331 of the public health law. Subsection (b) permits authorized practitioners, within the scope of their professional opinion or discretion, to dispense between three and ten days of any schedule II or III controlled substance to a patient suffering from acute pain. Subsection (c), which provides a definition of acute pain. The term encompasses accidental and intentional pain lasting only a short or finite period of time. The subsection expressly excludes chronic pain, cancer pain, or palliative care practices from the
S6745 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6745 I N S E N A T E March 16, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sens. HANNON, GOLDEN, LARKIN, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to limiting the initial prescription of a controlled substance for the alleviation of acute pain to between a three to ten day supply; and to amend the insurance law, in relation to coverage of such prescriptions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 3331 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 965 of the laws of 1974, is amended to read as follows: 5. (A) No more than a thirty day supply or, pursuant to regulations of the commissioner enumerating conditions warranting specified greater supplies, no more than a three month supply of a schedule II, III or IV substance, as determined by the directed dosage and frequency of dosage, may be dispensed by an authorized practitioner at one time. (B) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION, AN AUTHORIZED PRACTITIONER, WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS OR HER PROFES- SIONAL OPINION OR DISCRETION, MAY DISPENSE OR PRESCRIBE NO MORE THAN BETWEEN A THREE AND TEN DAY SUPPLY OF ANY SCHEDULE II OR III CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TO AN ULTIMATE USER UPON THE INITIAL CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT OF SUCH USER FOR ACUTE PAIN. THEREAFTER, THE DISPENSING AND PRESCRIBING OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARA- GRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION. (C) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "ACUTE PAIN" MEANS PAIN, WHETHER ACCIDENTAL OR INTENTIONAL, THAT LASTS ONLY A SHORT OR FINITE PERIOD OF TIME. SUCH TERM SHALL NOT INCLUDE CHRONIC PAIN, CANCER PAIN OR PALLIATIVE CARE PRACTICES. S 2. Subsection (i) of section 3216 of the insurance law is amended by adding a new paragraph 29 to read as follows: (29) NO POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR DELIVERY IN THIS STATE WHICH PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND WHICH PROVIDES FOR COPAY- MENTS BY COVERED PERSONS, SHALL IMPOSE UPON ANY COVERED PERSON, WHO IS EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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