MADISON – State Rep. Debra Kolste, D-Janesville, has introduced legislation that will allow pharmacists to extend current prescriptions in the event that the prescribing doctor cannot be reached.
Assembly Bill 125 allows pharmacists to extend a patient’s current prescription and dispense up to a seven-day refill supply as long as certain criteria are met. The refill cannot be for a controlled substance, the drug must be essential to the health and life of the patient, and the patient must be on a consistent drug therapy regimen. Patients would also be limited to one emergency refill per year.
Kolste, the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Health, noted that five other Midwestern states have passed this proactive legislation.
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Health and shares broad bi-partisan support.