Bill Text: IL SB1790 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered

Bill Title: Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that a pharmacist may refill a patient's prescription without prescriber authorization if the pharmacist is unable to contact the prescriber after reasonable effort, a failure to refill the prescription may result in an interruption of therapeutic regimen or create patient suffering, the pharmacist informs the prescriber at the earliest convenience of the emergency refills, and the prescription is not for a controlled substance. Provides that prescriptions may be refilled pursuant to the provisions for a period of time reasonably necessary for the pharmacist to secure prescriber authorization. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-08-18 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0237 [SB1790 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB1790-Chaptered.html

Public Act 100-0237
SB1790 EnrolledLRB100 09035 SMS 19183 b
AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Pharmacy Practice Act is amended by adding
Section 15.3 as follows:
(225 ILCS 85/15.3 new)
Sec. 15.3. Emergency prescription refills.
(a) A pharmacist may exercise professional judgment to
dispense an emergency supply of medication for a chronic
disease or condition if the pharmacist is unable to obtain
refill authorization from the prescriber when:
(1) in the pharmacist's professional judgment,
interruption of therapy might reasonably produce
undesirable consequences or cause patient suffering;
(2) the pharmacy previously dispensed or refilled a
prescription from the prescriber for the same patient and
(3) the prescription is not for a controlled substance;
(4) the pharmacist informs the patient or the patient's
agent at the time of dispensing that prescriber
authorization is required for future refills; notification
may be made verbally, electronically, or in writing; and
(5) the emergency dispensing is documented in the
patient's prescription record and the pharmacist informs
the prescriber of the emergency refill.
(b) The emergency supply must be limited to the amount
needed for the emergency period as determined by the pharmacist
within his or her professional judgment. However, the total
amount dispensed shall not exceed a 30-day supply.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.