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H.R. 4275 (115th): Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4275 requires the Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration to develop and disseminate materials for training pharmacists, health care practitioners, and the public about the circumstances under which a pharmacist may decline to fill a prescription.

The abuse of prescription drugs—especially controlled substances—is a serious social and health problem in the United States. Better awareness of common fraudulent prescription practices and under what circumstances pharmacists can decline to fill a prescription may reduce the follow of illicit prescriptions being filled.[1] Common examples of fraudulent prescriptions include:

  • Legitimate prescription pads are stolen from physicians' offices and prescriptions are written for fictitious patients.
  • Some patients, in an effort to obtain additional amounts of legitimately prescribed drugs, alter the physician's prescription.
  • Some drug abusers will have prescription …

Sponsor and status

Mark DeSaulnier

Sponsor. Representative for California's 11th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2018
Length: 3 pages
Introduced
Nov 7, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 12, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).

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12 Cosponsors (11 Republicans, 1 Democrat)

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What legislators are saying

Representatives DeSaulnier and Carters Legislation to Curb Fraudulent Prescriptions Signed into Law as Part of Bipartisan, Bicameral Opioid Package
    — Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11] (Sponsor) on Oct 29, 2018

Greg Walden shepherds 25 bills through House of Representatives to combat nationwide opioid crisis
    — Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2, 1999-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 12, 2018

Cramer: house passes major legislation to combat the opioid crisis
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Jun 13, 2018

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History

Nov 7, 2017
 
Introduced

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Feb 28, 2018
 
Considered by Health

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Apr 25, 2018
 
Considered by Health

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May 9, 2018
 
Ordered Reported

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Jun 12, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 4275 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4275. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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