U.S. HOUSE PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS ACT
The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center is pleased to report the November 14 passage of the “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016” (H.R. 4365) in the U.S. House of Representatives. A summary of the bill and its importance to the EMSC community was included in the October 13 edition of the EMSCPulse.
The legislation is designed to amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to permit physician medical directors to
issue standing orders to EMS personnel so they may administer controlled
substances to patients. In addition, the legislation clarifies and
codifies who is authorized to provide verbal orders for controlled substances;
provides the option for a single EMS agency registration; and clarifies
receipt, movement and storage rules for EMS agency controlled substances.
of strong support signed by all four of the EIIC’s partnering professional
organizations (the American
Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency
Nurses Association, and the National Association of State EMS Officials) was quickly dispatched to Senate Speaker
Ryan and Democratic Leader Pelosi urging rapid passage during the 114th
Congress by the end of calendar 2016.