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Wallace-Stadelman Measure to Allow Emergency Prescription Refills Passes House

05/23/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Legislation that would allow pharmacists to give out prescriptions in an emergency was passed out of the House Monday by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, and now heads to the governor's desk for approval.

"This is a common sense measure that will ensure that those who need a prescription for their health and well-being can get that prescription in a time of crisis," Wallace said. "Not every doctor will be able to respond to an emergency prescription request, but pharmacists should be able to use their professional judgment to assist those who need immediate care."

Senate Bill 1790 was introduced by state Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, whose family faced an emergency on a vacation when he his son needed insulin and needles to address his Type 1 Diabetes. Since the incident occurred on the weekend, their pharmacist was unable to contact a doctor who could authorize a prescription on short notice. Under Senate Bill 1790, pharmacists may use professional judgment to give out an emergency supply of medication for a long-lasting disease or condition if they are unable to receive a timely refill authorization by a doctor. The pharmacist cannot dispense a controlled substance, and must determine that the patient has previously received the prescription. They will also be required to document the refill on the patient's prescription record, and the emergency medication cannot exceed a 30-day supply.

"Whether it's a friend, a family member or ourselves, we all know somebody who relies on prescription drugs to live their life," Wallace said. "This bill can save lives, and I thank Sen. Stadelman for introducing and advocating for this important measure."


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