Bill Text: SC S0016 | 2019-2020 | 123rd General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Emergency prescription refills

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2020-03-24 - Signed By Governor [S0016 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2019-S0016-Enrolled.html

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ADOPTED -- NOT PRINTED

March 3, 2020

S. 16

Introduced by Senators Rankin and Cash

S. Printed 5/7/19--H.

Read the first time January 30, 2019.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 40-43-86(P) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO EMERGENCY REFILLS OF PRESCRIPTIONS BY PHARMACISTS, TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF A PRESCRIPTION THAT MAY BE REFILLED WHEN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE PRESCRIBER IS NOT OBTAINABLE FROM A TEN-DAY SUPPLY TO A THIRTY-DAY SUPPLY, AND TO PROVIDE CONDITIONS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 40-43-86(P) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(P)    If a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense, once within a twelve-month period, an emergency refill of up to a ten-day fourteen-day supply of the prescribed medication if:

(1)    the prescription is not for a controlled substance;

(2)    the medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy;

(3)    in the pharmacist's professional judgment, continuing the therapy for up to ten fourteen days will produce no undesirable health consequences or cause physical or mental discomfort;

(4)    the pharmacist properly records the dispensing; and

(5)    the dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the refill and the amount of the refill, not to exceed a ten-day fourteen-day supply, within a reasonable time, but no later than ten days after the once in twelve months refill dispensing.

In the event that a pharmacist is unable to dispense an emergency refill for the time period specified in this subsection due to the medication's packaging, the pharmacist is permitted to dispense up to a thirty-day quantity of the medication so long as the requirements contained in this subsection are otherwise met."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Sen. Thomas C. Alexander    /s/Rep. Robert Lee Ridgeway III

/s/Sen. Ronnie W. Cromer    /s/Rep. Lawrence Kit Spires

/s/Sen. John L. Scott Jr.    /s/Rep. Julia Anne Parks

On Part of the Senate.        On Part of the House.

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