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2017 Legislative Update as of 7/28/2017

 2017 Georgia New Pharmacy/Medical Legislative Activity

Revised, 7.25.2017

This document provides a summary of key points regarding each individual piece of legislation.  Readers are referred to full current versions in order to develop their own comprehensive understanding of each piece of legislation and its potential implications.

Bill

Sponsor

Status

Summary

HB 30

Tanner, K

9th district

1/11 – House 2nd readers

 

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 16-13-25 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to Schedule I controlled substances, so as add a synthetic opioid to Schedule I; to provide for related matters

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/30

 

HB 35

Broadrick, Bruce

4th

1/23 – House 2nd readers

relating to regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefits managers, so as to require confirmation of receipt of prior approval requests for prescription drugs within 48 hours; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/35

 

HB 36

Erhart, E

36th

1/23 – House 2nd readers

relating to optometrists, so as to change and provide certain definitions to permit doctors of optometry to administer pharmaceutical agents by injection under certain circumstances; to provide for related matters;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/36

 

HB 416

Ehrhart, E

36th

2/22 – House 2nd readers;

Per AJC on 2/24, “House Panel Kills”

relating to definitions relative to optometrists, so as to authorize doctors of optometry to administer pharmaceutical agents by injection; to provide for limitations and requirements

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/416

 

SB 16

Watson, B

1st

2/16 – Senate passed & adopted by substitute

2/21 – House 2nd readers

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

relating to the regulation of low THC oil and the establishment of the Low THC Oil Patient Registry, definitions, purpose, registration cards, quarterly reports, and waiver forms, respectively, so as to change the definition of low THC oil; to change provisions relating to conditions eligible for use of low THC oil

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/16

-Reduces the level of THC allowed in THC oil

-Adds Autism Spectrum, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, Tourette’s, peripheral neuropathy, and epidermolysis bullosa

 

HB 55

Williams, R

145th

1/23 – House 2nd readers

relating to general provisions relative to professions and businesses, so as to limit the number of consecutive years an individual may serve as a member of a professional licensing board; to provide for related matters

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/55

HB 65

 

Peak, A

141st

Stephens, Ron

164

3/1 – House passed & adopted by substitute

3/3 – Senate read & referred

 

See SB16, effective July 1

relating to the establishment of the Low THC Oil Patient Registry, definitions, purpose, registration cards, quarterly reports, and waiver forms, so as to change provisions relating to conditions and eligibility; to provide a definition; to remove certain reporting requirements; to provide for related matters:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/65

Adds conditions covered under the THC Oil Patient Registry to include Tourette’s, autism, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, HIV/Aids and intractable pain.

HR 36

Peake, A

141st

1/24 – House 2nd readers

A RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by law for the regulation of the production of cannabis and sale of medical cannabis to certain individuals for medical usage as provided by law; to provide that the fees paid from the production of cannabis and state tax proceeds from the sale of medical cannabis be dedicated; to provide that such funds shall not lapse; to provide for submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HR/36

 

SB 41

Unterman, R. 45th

2/14 – Senate passed & adopted by substitute

2/16 – House 2nd readers

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

relating to pharmacists and pharmacies, so as to provide for the licensure of durable medical equipment suppliers; to provide for a definition; to provide for requirements for licensure; to provide for discipline and revocation; to provide for inspections; to provide for exemptions; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for related matters

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/41

Exemptions for Pharmacists and Pharmacies, Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, etc.

SB 88

Mullis, J

53rd

2/23 – Senate passed & adopted by substitute

2/27 – House

2nd readers

Signed by Governor

Effective May 4th

relating to drug abuse treatment and education programs, so as to provide for regulation of narcotic treatment programs;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/88

 

SB 81

Unterman, R. 45th

1/30 – Senate read & referred

2/10 – Senate committee favorably report by substitute

3/1 – Senate passed & adopted by substitute

3/3 – House first readers

3/6 – House second readers

Part I known as: Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Act

Part II known as: Substance abuse treatment and overdose prevention act (STOP Act)

relating to pharmacies, so as to provide that the state health officer may issue a standing order permitting certain persons and entities to obtain opioid antagonists under the conditions the state health officer may impose; to amend Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to controlled substances; to amend Code Section 31-12-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to reporting disease, confidentiality, reporting required by pharmacists, immunity from liability as to information supplied, and notification of potential bioterrorism; to amend Chapter 5 of Title 26 of the O.C.G.A., relating to drug abuse treatment and education programs

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/81

Line 274: A prescriber… shall seek and review information from the electronic database… whenever he or she is prescribing a CII, II, IV, or V controlled substance to a patient for the first time…(see exemptions)

Line 291: Prescriber shall not issue a prescription for more than a five day supply

Line 305: A prescriber… who knowingly and intentionally fails to seek and review… shall be guilty of a felony

HB 231

Broadrick, Bruce

4th

2/16 – House passed & adopted by substitute

2/17 – Senate read & referred

Signed by Governor

Effective April 17

relating to controlled substances, so as to change certain provisions relating to Schedules I, II, IV, and V controlled substances; to change certain provisions relating to the definition of dangerous drug; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/231

HB 249

Tanner, K

9th

3/3 – House passed & adopted by substitute

3/3 – Senate read & referred

 

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

relating to controlled substances and death investigations, respectively, so as to collect more information regarding the dispensing and use of certain controlled substances; to change the frequency of reporting certain prescriptions in the electronic data base of prescription information; to clarify provisions relating to confidentiality; to change provisions relating to liability and duties; to change provisions relating to the definitions of dangerous drugs; to provide for a coroner's inquest when an individual dies of a suspected drug overdose

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/249

-PDMP shall be administered by the department (DCH)

-Each prescriber shall enroll and become a user

-Each dispenser shall submit at least every 24 hours

-A dispenser who knowingly and intentionally fails to submit prescription information… shall be guilty of a felony

SB 103

Mullis, J

53rd

2/28 – Senate passed & adopted by substitute

3/3 – House 2nd readers

 

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

relating to regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefits managers, so as to authorize the Commissioner of Insurance to promulgate certain rules and regulations and to examine and investigate certain matters with regard to pharmacy benefits managers; to prohibit pharmacy benefits managers from requiring the use of mail-order pharmacies under certain conditions; to provide for exceptions; to provide for certain prohibitions; to provide for enforcement; to provide a short title; to provide for related matters

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/103

“Pharmacy Benefits Manager shall not require insureds to use a mail-order pharmaceutical distributor including a mail-order pharmacy”

HB 276

Knight, David

130th

2/28 – House passed & adopted by substitute

3/1 – Senate read & referred

3/16, Senate passed & adopted

 

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

relating to regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefits managers, so as to authorize the Commissioner of Insurance to promulgate certain rules and regulations and to examine and investigate certain matters with regard to pharmacy benefits managers; to prohibit pharmacy benefits managers from requiring the use of mail-order pharmacies under certain conditions;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/276

Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act (Companion bill for SB 103)

SB 106

Kirk, G

13th

2/2 – Senate read & referred

2/21 – Senate passed & adopted

2/23 – House 2nd Reader

Signed by Governor

Effective May 9th

relating to licensure requirements for pain management clinics, so as to revise a provision relating to the health care professionals who must be on-site at a pain management clinic in order for the clinic to provide medical treatment or services

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/106

 

SB 121

Miller

49th

2/7 – Senate read & referred

2/27 – Senate passed & adopted

3/1 – House 2nd Reader

 

Signed by Governor

Effective April 18th

relating to pharmacies, so as to provide that the state health officer may issue a standing order permitting certain persons and entities to obtain opioid antagonists under the conditions the state health officer may impose; to provide for immunity; to amend Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to controlled substances, so as to change the definition of a dangerous drug; to add a drug to Schedule V

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/121

 

SB 123

Hill, Hunter

2/8 – Senate read & referred

relating to state health planning and development, so as to eliminate the 65 percent out-of-state patient base requirement for a destination cancer hospital for purposes of certificate of need; to eliminate the 50 bed limitation on destination cancer hospitals; to provide that destination cancer hospitals can increase bed capacity under certain conditions; to eliminate the limitation on the number of destination cancer hospitals that can be issued a certificate of need

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/123

 

HB 464

Williard, W

51st

2/24 – House 2nd readers

relating to state health planning and development, so as to provide for a five-year phase-in decrease in the percentage of out-of-state patients required to compose the patient base; to eliminate the licensed bed capacity maximum for destination cancer hospitals in two years; to increase the required charity care of a destination cancer hospital for purposes of certificate of need for the next five years; to provide for a five-year delayed repeal of provisions relating to the differentiated requirements for destination cancer hospitals; to amend other provisions for purposes of conformity;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/464

 

SB 125

Jeffares, R

17th

2/8 – Senate read & referred

2/21 – Senate Passed & adopted

2/23 – House 2nd readers

Vetoed May 9

relating to delegation of authority to physician assistants, so as to authorize a physician to delegate to a physician assistant the authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products; to provide for a limitation; to provide for additional continuing education requirements regarding hydrocodone compound products

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/125

 

SB 8

Unterman, R.

45th

1/24 – Senate read & referred

2/24 – Senate Passed & adopted by substitute

2/28 – House 2nd readers

 

March 30th, House Withdrawn, Recommitted

relating to insurance, so as to provide for consumer protections regarding health insurance; to provide for definitions; to provide for disclosure requirements of providers, hospitals, and insurers; to provide for billing and reimbursement of out-of-network services; to provide for procedures for dispute resolution for surprise bills for nonemergency services; to provide for payment of emergency services; to provide for an out-of-network reimbursement rate workgroup

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/8

Surprise Billing and Consumer Protection Act

“Health care provider' or 'provider' means any physician, dentist, podiatrist, Pharmacist”

HB 400

Evans, S. 42nd

2/17 – House 1st reader

2/21 – House 2nd reader

relating to the regulation of controlled substances, so as to provide limitations on prescriptions for opioids; to define a term; to provide for information to patients; to provide for disposal of unused opioids; to provide for annual reporting to the Department of Public Health;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/400

“Opiate abuse prevention act”

Shall not issue a prescription for an opioid without first attempting a non-opioid (hospice exempted)

Limits prescriptions to no more than a 7 day supply.

SB 200

Hufstetler, Chuck 52nd

2/17 – Senate read & referred

3/3 – Senate passed & adopted

3/6 – House 1st readers

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

relating to insurance generally, so as to provide for synchronizing patients' chronic medications

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/SB/200

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20172018/165654.pdf

HB 454

Cannon, P

58th

2/23 – House 2nd Readers

relating to control of HIV, so as to provide for certain information in publicly funded health facilities offering HIV testing;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/454

 

SB 241

Unterman, R 45th

2/23 – Senate read & referred

3/3 – Senate passed & adopted by substitute

3/6 – House 1st readers

relating to controlled substances, so as to change certain provisions of the electronic data base of prescription information; to transfer responsibilities for the electronic data base of prescription information of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency to the Department of Public Health; to provide for the department's authority to continue the maintenance and development of the electronic data base of prescription information; to provide for definitions; to change the frequency of reporting provision;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/241

 

HB 206

Kelly, T

16th

2/21 – House passed & adopted

2/22 – Senate Read & Referred

 

Signed by Governor

Effective July 1

"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 Official Code of Georgia Annotated, 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; to provide for a correction period;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/206

 

SB 166 & SB 109

Unterman, R.

45th

2/28, Senate passed and adopted

3/16, House passed, adopted as amended

 

relating to nurses, so as to enter into an interstate compact known as the "Nurse Licensure Compact"; to authorize the Georgia Board of Nursing to exercise certain powers with respect to the compact; to provide for general provisions and jurisdiction; to provide for a coordinated licensure information system and exchange of information between the party states; to provide for the establishment of the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators;

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/166

Nurse Compact and EMS Compact Bills

 


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Pharmacists in the Georgia House

 

       
Bruce Broadrick
R - Dalton
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Buddy Harden
R - Cordele
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Butch Parrish
R - Swainsboro
District 158
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R - Savannah
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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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