Establish Reasonable and Clinically Appropriate Exceptions to Opioid Medication Prescribing Limits

Last updated: Jun 24, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Senator Geoff Gratwick, Senate 32 - York County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1031

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill has been passed as an emergency measure. It has been signed by the governor and becomes law immediatey. Read the law here.

Summary:

Public Law 2015, chapter 488 requires that, beginning July 1, 2017, the aggregate amount of opioid medication prescribed to a patient may not be in excess of 100 morphine milligram equivalents per day and directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules establishing reasonable exceptions to those prescriber limits. This bill codifies in statute the exceptions adopted in the department's rules and adds an exception to prescribing limits for medical necessity.