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H.R. 5041 (115th): Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5041 would permit certain licensed employees of hospice programs to dispose controlled substances onsite after a patient’s death.

In recent years, the diversion of unused opioids used to treat patients under in-home hospice care has become an increasingly significant problem. While the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) encourages hospice staff to assist families to destroy leftover medications, agency regulations forbid hospice personnel from disposing of the medication themselves unless authorized by state law. The bill enables certain hospice employees the ability to dispose of these drugs and requires ...

Sponsor and status

Tim Walberg

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Introduced:

Feb 15, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Status:
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 24, 2018. (compare text)

History

Feb 15, 2018
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 25, 2018
 
Considered by Health

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 9, 2018
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jun 12, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 5041 (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.

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

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