TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)--Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill Friday regarding electronic prescriptions.
It combines the pharmacy act and the uniformed controlled substances act.
It deals with prescribing drugs electronically and monitoring the prescriptions.
The governor says the measure will help the electronic system work better and more efficiently.
The law also adds two substances to the uniform control substance act.
The Attorney General's office sent out a news release on the bill:
TOPEKA – (May 4, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy today commended the Kansas legislature and Governor Sam Brownback for enacting improvements to the state’s prescription monitoring program.
“This bill improves tools of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy and law enforcement to prevent prescription drug abuse and stop black market sales,” Schmidt said. “Improving monitoring and enforcement efforts are keys to reducing drug abuse and the violent crimes which often accompany it.”
“Pharmacists across Kansas are concerned foremost with the safety of their patients,” Board of Pharmacy Executive Secretary Debra L. Billingsley said. “We support this legislation as a way to ensure these prescriptions don’t end up in the wrong hands.”
The bill, Senate Bill 134, directs the Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee to review and analyze PMP data to identify patterns and activity of concern. The committee is authorized to contact prescribers and dispensers to notify them of individuals suspected of misuse or abuse of prescriptions or controlled substances. Additionally, the committee can notify appropriate law enforcement officials if an individual is suspected of criminal activity. If prescribers or dispensers are suspected of violations, the committee can also notify the appropriate licensing agency.
In addition, the law strengthens patient privacy by making it a felony to improperly obtain or attempt to obtain data from the Prescription Monitoring Program.
Governor Brownback signed the bill today in a signing ceremony alongside members of the Board of Pharmacy and Attorney General Schmidt. The bill passed in the Senate 39-0 and in the House 101-16.