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Bill Detail: SB23-144

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Title Prescription Drugs For Chronic Pain
Status Governor Signed (05/04/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors M. Young (D)
J. Mabrey (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/08/2023

The bill allows a health-care provider to prescribe, dispense, or
administer a schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance (drug) to a
patient in the course of treatment for a diagnosed condition that causes
chronic pain. The bill also clarifies that the prescribing health-care
provider is not subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate regulator
for prescribing a dosage of a drug that is equal to or more than a
morphine milligram equivalent dosage recommendation or threshold
specified in state or federal opioid prescribing guidelines or policies.
The bill prohibits a health-care provider from refusing to accept or
continue to treat a patient solely on the basis of the dosage of a drug the
patient requires for the treatment of chronic pain. A health-care provider
is also prohibited from tapering a needed dosage solely to meet a
predetermined dosage recommendation.
The bill also prohibits a pharmacist, health insurance carrier, or
pharmacy benefit manager from refusing to fill or approve the coverage
for a drug solely on the basis of the dosage requirement of a patient.

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