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AB-1204 Public health: emergency prescriptions.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/28/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1204


Introduced by Assembly Member Mayes

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 1797.1 of add Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 1799.300) to Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to emergency medical services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1204, as amended, Mayes. Public health: emergency medical services. prescriptions.
Existing law governs the practice of medicine and the issuance of prescription drugs.
Existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, states that it is the policy of the State of California to ensure the provision of effective and efficient emergency medical care.
This bill would authorize a licensed physician to prescribe a one-month supply of a life-saving medication, as described, to a patient to be stored for the use of that patient in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.

Existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, makes findings and declarations regarding the establishment of the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 1799.300) is added to Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  13. Emergency Prescriptions

1799.300.
 For purposes of this chapter, a “life-saving medication” includes, but is not limited to, medication necessary to save the life of a patient whose life is at risk due to illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other illnesses in which the failure to administer the medication can result in the death of the patient. A life-saving medication does not include medications that are primarily prescribed to relieve pain.

1799.301.
 Notwithstanding any other law, a licensed physician may prescribe a one-month supply of a life-saving medication to a patient to be stored for the use of that patient in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.

SECTION 1.Section 1797.1 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
1797.1.

The Legislature finds and declares that it is the intent of this act to provide the state with a statewide system for emergency medical services by establishing within the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Emergency Medical Services Authority, which is responsible for the coordination and integration of all state activities concerning emergency medical services.