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H.R. 5483 (115th): Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 13, 2018 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5483 directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue regulations to improve the flexibility in the practice of telemedicine (for remote diagnosis and treatment of patients) within one year of the bill’s enactment. Specifically, the bill requires DOJ to allow for the prescription of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and other controlled substances via telemedicine. It requires a special registration to connect patients with the treatment they need without risking important safeguards to prevent misuse.

In 2008, Congress strengthened prohibitions against distributing and dispensing controlled substances by passing the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 110-425). The Ryan Haight Act made it illegal for a practitioner ...


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5483

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 13, 2018

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

AN ACT

To impose a deadline for the promulgation of interim final regulations in accordance with section 311(h) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 831(h)) specifying the circumstances in which a special registration may be issued to a practitioner to engage in the practice of telemedicine, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018.

2.

Deadline for interim final regulations for a special registration To engage in the practice of telemedicine

Section 311(h)(2) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 831(h)(2)) is amended by striking The Attorney General shall, with the concurrence of the Secretary, promulgate regulations and inserting Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018, the Attorney General shall, with the concurrence of the Secretary, promulgate interim final regulations.

Passed the House of Representatives June 12, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk