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H.R. 3832: Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Passed · May 21, 2018 at 7:16 p.m. ET · Source:

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3832 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 3832 requires medical providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who prescribe controlled substances to veterans to seek information regarding those veterans from state programs that monitor prescription drug use. Specifically, the legislation requires that any VA licensed health care provider or delegate to be considered an authorized recipient and user for the purposes of querying and receiving data from the national network of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). It would also require VA health care providers practicing in states that do not have a PDMP to join the network of the closest state.

In 2011, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) developed and launched the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) InterConnect to facilitate the secure exchange of information across state lines by PDMPs. Currently 44 states and Washington, D.C. participate in PMP InterConnect with several additional states in the process of participating. VA currently shares information with PDMPs but lacks the authority to use a system like PMP InterConnect to track controlled substance prescriptions across state lines. Most states belong to a national network state-based Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to better monitor dispensed drugs than contain controlled dangerous substances. Authorizing VA medical providers to track opioid prescriptions nationwide, would reduce such problems as drug diversion and overuse when patients are prescribed and fill prescriptions in different states.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Yea 88%
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