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President Signs DEA Bill Into Law

Friday, December 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On Nov. 17, President Trump signed the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act into law. The legislation, which was introduced as H.R. 304 by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC), clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under ‚Äústanding orders." Senator Bill Cassidy (LA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate. The law amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to enable paramedics and other EMS professionals to continue to administer controlled substances to patients pursuant to standing orders issued by their EMS agency's medical director. 

This law amends the CSA to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to register an EMS agency to administer controlled substances if the agency submits an application demonstrating that it is authorized to conduct such activity in the state in which the agency practices.


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