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2017 Legislative Update

 

Legislative Update as of 2-12-2017


Georgia Board of Pharmacy

 The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy is an eight-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board is composed of seven licensed practicing pharmacists and one consumer member. They are responsible for the regulation of pharmacists and pharmacies in Georgia. The Board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state.


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Georgia Pharmacists in the US House


Buddy Carter, US Representative

Serving the 1st District of Georgia

 


Pharmacists in the Georgia House

 

       
Bruce Broadrick
R - Dalton
District 4
Buddy Harden
R - Cordele
District 148
Butch Parrish
R - Swainsboro
District 158
Ron Stephens
R - Savannah
District 164

 


2016 Legislative Summary

2016 Georgia Pharmacy Legislative Summary

Revised, 10.17.2016

Bill

Sponsor

Status

Summary

HB722

Peake, Allen

House Passed, Senate Read and Referred

 

Expands the type of medical cannabis available, allows for manufacturing of medical cannabis in Georgia, and expands the diagnoses eligible for medical cannabis use.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/154362.pdf

 

HB 783

Broadrick, Bruce

House passed, Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute

House Agreed Senate Amend

Gov signed 5/3/2016

 

Relating to controlled substances, so as to change certain provisions relating to Schedules I and IV controlled substances; to change certain provisions relating to the definition of dangerous drug; to provide for restricted dangerous drugs, i.e. annual drug update bill.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/783

 

HB 813

Jasperse,

Rick

House passed, Senate Read and Referred

Provides for expedited drug therapy for the partner(s) of someone diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea, without requiring the partner to visit a healthcare provider.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/813

 

HB 588

Clark,

Valerie

House passed, Senate passed, adopted as amended

 

Relating to regulation of controlled substances, so as to change provisions relating to possession of substances containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine and restrictions on sales of products containing pseudoephedrine; to provide for real-time tracking of sales of products containing ephedrine, norpseudoephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/588

 

HB 897

 Price, Betty

House passed, Senate passed/

Adopted

Gov signed 4/27/2016

Effective July 1

Relating to the care and protection of indigent and elderly patients, so as to provide for the establishment and operation of a drug repository program to accept and dispense unused prescription drugs; to amend Chapter 4 of Title 26 of the O.C.G.A., relating to pharmacists and pharmacies, so as to repeal the "Utilization of Unused Prescription Drugs Act"; to be administered by the Departments of Community Health and Public Health

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/897

 

HB 900

Cooper, Sharon

House passed,

Senate passed/

Adopted

Gov signed 4/26/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

 

 Relating to electronic data base of prescription information, so as to authorize the retention of data base information for two years; to provide for delegates of prescribers and dispensers to access data base information under certain conditions; to revise language relating to subpoenas and search warrants; to provide for accessing data base information for purposes of investigation of potential abuse.  

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/900

 

HB 34

Dudgeon, Mike

House passed Senate passed/

adopted

Gov signed 4/26/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

 

Creates the Georgia Right to Try Act, allowing for terminally ill patients, with written consent and through consultation with their physicians, to utilize investigational drugs, products, devices, or treatments.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/34

 

 HB 926

 

Broadrick, Stephens, Harden Parris

House passed, Senate passed, adopted by substitute, House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub

Gov signed 5/3/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

 

Relating to pharmacists and pharmacies, so as to provide for the regulation of certain facilities and entities involved in the wholesale, manufacture, and distribution of drugs; to provide definitions; to provide for licensure and registration; to provide for temporary pharmacy licenses for service members; to revise provisions relating to the compounding of drug products to conform with federal law; to establish requirements relating to drug supply chain security; to revise a provision relating to the return of outdated drugs

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/926

 

HB 875

Hawkins of the 27th

House Second Readers (Did not cross over)

Requires issuers of health benefit policies to provide certain information to enrollees and establish certain processes and limits relating to specialty drugs

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/875

 

HB 886

Cooper, Sharon 43rd

House passed, Senate passed/adopted

Gov signed 4/27/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

 

Relating to grounds for suspension, revocation, or refusal to grant pharmacy licenses, so as to revise a provision relating to employing the mails or common carriers to sell, distribute, and deliver prescription drugs; to provide for related matters

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/886

 

HB 952

Nimmer, Chad

House passed, Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute, House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub

Gov signed 4/27/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

Relating professions and businesses, so as to enact the "Georgia Professional Regulation Reform Act"; to provide for

executive oversight of licensing boards; to establish state policy for the regulation of certain professions and businesses, i.e. provides oversight by the Governor of all professional licensing boards in Georgia.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/952

SB 115

Hufstetler, Chuck

 

Senate passed, House second readers

 

 

Relating to delegation of authority to physician assistants, so as to authorize a physician to delegate to a physician assistant the authority to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances; to provide for limitations and conditions; to provide for additional continuing education requirements regarding Schedule II controlled substances

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/SB/115

 

HB 916

Hightower Dustin 68th

House passed, Senate Passed/

Adopted

Sent to Gov March 30, 2016

VETO May 3, 2016

The Pharmacy Audit Bill of Rights;" so as to remove an exception relating to certain audits conducted by the Department of Community Health; to amend Article 7 of Chapter 4 of Title 49 of the O.C.G.A., relating to medical assistance generally, so as to provide that clerical or other errors do not constitute a basis to recoup payments made by providers of medical assistance

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/916

HB 1043

 Kelley, Trey 16th

House passed, Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute, House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub

Gov signed 4/26/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

Relating to vaccine protocol agreements, so as to exempt activities conducted by a hospital or health system with respect to influenza vaccinations from certain requirements

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/157779.pdf

 HB 1055

 

Willard, Wendell 51st

House second readers

 So as to repeal the Certificate of Need program; to amend other provisions in various titles of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated for purposes of conformity; to provide for legislative findings and intent; to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to regulation of hospitals and related institutions, so as to provide that certain requirements relating to charity and indigent care previously imposed as a condition for a certificate of need are imposed as a condition of licensure

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/1055

 HR 1367

 Taylor, Darlene 173rd

 House Committee favorably reported

 Creates a House Study Committee on Pharmacy Benefits Managers for the State Health Benefit Plan and Medicaid.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HR/1367

SR 940

 

Watson, Ben 1st

 

Senate read and referred

 

A RESOLUTION encouraging Medicaid care management organizations operating in Georgia to cover certain attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications; and for other purposes.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/SR/940

SB 418

Thompson, Bruce 14th

Senate read and referred

Relating to the use of security paper for hard copy prescription drug orders, so as to change provisions relating to filling Schedule II controlled substance prescriptions

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/SB/418

HB 965

Cheokas,

Mike 138th

House passed, Senate passed and adopted

Gov signed 4/27/2016

Effective July 1, 2016

“Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act” - Prohibits

health insurance companies from excluding or limiting

coverage of an FDA approved drug for stage 4 advanced,

metastatic cancer, by eliminating the practice of first

requiring patients to prove that other drug therapies failed

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/965

HR 1576

Hawkins, Lee

 

Creates the House Study Committee on the Pricing of Prescription Drugs.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HR/1576

 

 

 

 


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