2007 -- H 5850 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - UTILIZATION OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ACT
Introduced By: Representatives Sullivan, O`Neill, Jackson, Costantino, and Corvese
Date Introduced: March 01, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 23-25.4-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-25.4 entitled
"Utilization of Unused Prescription Drugs Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
23-25.4-4. Program established. -- (a) The department of health and the board of
pharmacy shall jointly develop and implement a pilot program consistent with public health and
safety through which unused prescription drugs, other than prescription drugs defined as
controlled substances in section 21-28-1.02, may
be transferred from nursing facilities,
living residences, residential care facilities or community health organizations that centrally store
prescription drugs and are licensed at the M1 licensure level by the department of health to
charitable clinics for the purpose of re-dispensing the medication to Rhode Island residents who
are medically indigent.
(b) The pilot program shall conform to the requirements established in rules promulgated
by the state department of health and the board of pharmacy. The pilot program shall remain in
effect until January 1,
(c) The state department of health and the board of pharmacy shall review and evaluate
the pilot program and shall submit a report and any recommendations to the governor, the speaker
of the house of representatives, and the
president of the senate on or before January 1,
1, 2006 April 1, 2007, the department of health and the board of
pharmacy shall implement statewide a program consistent with public health and safety through
which unused prescription drugs, other than prescription drugs defined as controlled substances in
section 21-28-1.02, may be transferred from nursing facilities or assisted living residences to
charitable clinics for the purpose of re-dispensing the unused prescription drugs.
(e) The department of health and the board of pharmacy shall promulgate rules and
establish procedures necessary to implement the program established pursuant to this chapter.
(f) The board of pharmacy shall provide technical assistance to entities who may wish to
participate in the program.
(g) The department of health shall be required to provide written notification to all
eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities and community health
organizations and to post a sign clearly and conspicuously in each facility to notify its residents of
SECTION 2. Chapter 23-25.4 of the General Laws entitled "Utilization of Unused
Prescription Drugs Act" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
23-25.4-9. Establishment of oversight commission on utilization of unused
prescription drugs -- Membership. – (a) There is hereby established a commission on the
utilization of prescription drugs to oversee the development and implementation of the pilot
program for the utilization of unused prescription drugs as established pursuant to this chapter.
(b) The commission shall consist of five (5) members to be appointed by the speaker of
the house, not more than three (3) from the same political party. Any vacancy on the
commission, occurring for any reason prior to the expiration of the term, shall be filled for the
unexpired term by the appointing authority in the same manner as the original appointment.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.