H. R. 4599
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 24, 2016
Ms. Clark of Massachusetts (for herself and Mr. Stivers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit certain partial fillings of prescriptions.
This Act may be cited as the
Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016.
Section 309(a) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 829(a)) is amended—
(1) In general.— before
by adding at the end the following:
Partial filling of prescriptions
A prescription for a controlled substance in schedule II may be partially filled if—
it is requested by—
the practitioner that wrote the prescription by making a notation on the face of the written prescription, written record of the emergency oral prescription, or in the electronic prescription record; or
the pharmacist partially filling the prescription records the partial filling in the same manner as a filling of the prescription;
the pharmacist partially filling the prescription updates the record each time the prescription is partially filled;
the total quantity dispensed in all partial fillings does not exceed the total quantity prescribed; and
the pharmacist notifies the practitioner that wrote the prescription of each partial fill.
Remaining portions of a partially filled prescription—
may be filled; and
must be exhausted prior to, or on the same date that such prescription, if fully filled, would have been exhausted.