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H.R. 4599 (114th): Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of May 12, 2016 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4599

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 12, 2016

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

AN ACT

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit certain partial fillings of prescriptions.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016.

2.

Partial fills of schedule II controlled substances

(a)

In general

Section 309 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 829) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(f)

Partial fills of schedule II controlled substances

(1)

Partial fills

(A)

In general

A prescription for a controlled substance in schedule II may be partially filled if—

(i)

it is not prohibited by State law;

(ii)

the prescription is written and filled in accordance with the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), regulations prescribed by the Attorney General, and State law;

(iii)

the partial fill is requested by the patient or the practitioner that wrote the prescription; and

(iv)

the total quantity dispensed in all partial fillings does not exceed the total quantity prescribed.

(B)

Other circumstances

A prescription for a controlled substance in schedule II may be partially filled in accordance with section 1306.13 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the date of enactment of the Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016).

(2)

Remaining portions

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), remaining portions of a partially filled prescription for a controlled substance in schedule II—

(i)

may be filled; and

(ii)

shall be filled not later than 30 days after the date on which the prescription is written.

(B)

Emergency situations

In emergency situations, as described in subsection (a), the remaining portions of a partially filled prescription for a controlled substance in schedule II—

(i)

may be filled; and

(ii)

shall be filled not later than 72 hours after the prescription is issued.

.

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the authority of the Attorney General to allow a prescription for a controlled substance in schedule III, IV, or V of section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)) to be partially filled.

Passed the House of Representatives May 11, 2016.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk