Down to the Wire at the State Capitol
Friday, May 6, 2016
Posted by: Laurie Pumper
With just 17 days remaining in the Minnesota Legislature's 2016 session, much work remains to be completed. However, several bills of interest to pharmacy continue to make their way through the process. Here are a few recent highlights.
SF 2408/HF 2507 Pharmacist Prescribing of Naloxone
This legislation seems to have taken on a life of its own! On Monday, May 2, Sen. Chris Eaton proposed to amend this language onto the Pharmaceutical Waste bill as it was being heard on the floor of the Senate. After meeting with her caucus, however, she withdrew her amendment. Other language has surfaced in the House, apparently from, or in coordination with, the Department of Health, that proposes a convoluted process with the Health Department authorizing a naloxone protocol that would be provided to community health boards who request it. The language is proposed to be amended onto the Pharmaceutical Waste bill in the House. MPhA is trying to better understand the process proposed by this language.
SF 2548 passed the floor of the Senate 61-0 during the week of May 2 and was sent to the House. We expect the bill to pass the House. Because of an amendment included by the Senate, the bill will need to go to conference committee and then go on to Gov. Dayton for final enactment. We support the amended Senate language.
SF 1425/HF 1503 Collection and Disposal of Unused Medications by Pharmacies
SF 1425 passed the floor of the Senate 64-0 and was sent to the House during the week of May 2. After this bill is passed by both houses and signed by the governor, it will take effect the day after the governor signs it.
Read our full report of what is happening at the state capitol from a pharmacy perspective. This report is updated each week.