Representatives DeSaulnier, Carter Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Curb Fraudulent Prescriptions Of Opioids

June 21, 2018 14:00 pm · 21 comments

Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Earl Carter (R-GA), the only pharmacist in Congress, announced that their bipartisan legislation, the Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Act (H.R. 4275), which would help curb fraudulent prescriptions of opioids, unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

While the proper prescribing of controlled substances is the responsibility of the prescribing practitioner, pharmacists have a “corresponding responsibility” to ensure that controlled substances are only dispensed pursuant to a valid prescription issued for a legitimate medical purpose by a licensed prescribing practitioner.

H.R. 4275 would require the Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration to produce and disseminate materials for pharmacists and health care professionals that provide guidance on when and how to refuse to fill a prescription that the pharmacist believes to be fraudulent.

“With the opioid prescribing rate increasing by 56 percent over the last 20 years the risk of forged, fraudulent, or altered prescriptions is greater than ever before. We must empower pharmacists—who often serve as the last line of defense in the fight against prescription drug abuse—to exercise their right to deny suspected fraudulent prescriptions. By doing so, we can help prevent these often deadly drugs from ending up in the wrong hands,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “I thank Congressman Carter and the NCPA for their partnership and expertise on this issue, and am pleased that our colleagues on both sides of the aisle saw the need for this important bill to help combat this epidemic.”

Bob June 21, 2018 at 2:13 PM

It all boils down to the lawyers.

ZZ June 21, 2018 at 2:31 PM

So up until this bill was passed a pharmacist didn’t “exercise their right to deny suspected fraudulent prescriptions?”. I remember a few years ago I witnessed a pharmacist that was suspicious of a prescription that came through at Walgreens. I guess only Walgreen pharmacists did that…..

HappyPappy June 21, 2018 at 2:31 PM

So now……..we would have another law telling people to enforce an existing law.
Sure………..makes perfect sense. Democrat sense!
Taxes and superfluous legislation……………a liberals dream.

Frank Faragasso June 21, 2018 at 3:21 PM

You are absolutely correct, this was already illegal. This new law just added another layer of complexity so that lawyers will have more income opportunities.

Miller June 21, 2018 at 8:38 PM

What are you guys even talking about? 85% of co-sponsors on this bill are Republicans.

If DeSaulnier wanted to legalize automatic weapons and build a border wall paid for by Mexico, you’d see the name “DeSaulnier” and start fighting against it. Haha.

Justyfiable anger June 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM

It does not matter whether R’s or Dems are behind the bill. The facts remain. The law is already in place. New laws add to the complexity so that it takes a team of Lawyers to figure out new angles of representation.

Remember that 2000 page ‘healthcare’ monstrosity? That nightmare has not even reared its head yet with what No One Person Knows What is In It.

Deep State corruption knows no Political Party.

Pyrrhus June 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Miller. shhhh don’t you know that everything is a Democrats fault? Everything stems from that Muslim Commie Obama. It’s his fault Trump had to separate immigrant children and Obama’s fault for having to reverse his decision.

Dawg June 21, 2018 at 2:32 PM

If they are really concerned about doing something to fight the war on opioids they would start at the border and work with the president. Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal and 1370 pounds of fentanyl was seized at the border last year. More US Customs agents are needed, and although a wall will not stop the flow of drugs into the country, it will certainly slow it down.
Americans are dying, the president is working hard trying to get a more secure border and the Dems refuse to work with him.

MrsT June 21, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Opioid prescriptions have dropped for several years now. Opioid overdoses are usually from illegal opioids- fentanyl, heroin. Why isn’t the Government getting rid of the illegal drugs? Chronic pain patients can’t get the medications they need and are treated like criminals just to get them. The world right now just seems backwards! I don’t understand it.

Original G June 21, 2018 at 4:04 PM

Wonder how long it will take before pharmacists get sued ?
Degree of reporting and tracking on prescriptions already exists.
Is there a problem with government keeping up with data that is already being reported ?

Let us hope this is not an election year canine and equestrian performance for voters.

Miller June 21, 2018 at 8:18 PM

Wonder how long it will take before pharmacists get sued?
— Slippery Slope fallacy (maybe we shouldn’t make bullets, because how long until one is used in a homicide?)

Degree of reporting and tracking on prescriptions already exists.
— Hasty Generalization fallacy (Mueller already has solid evidence of treason by Trump)

Is there a problem with government keeping up with data that is already being reported?
— Hasty Generalization fallacy, again (is there a problem with the government locating the thousands of extraterrestrial alien weapons that were stolen from Area 51?)

“Let us hope this is not an election year canine and equestrian performance for voters.”
— Common sense fallacy (let’s hope the National Dog Show on NBC isn’t a dog and pony show)

Someone has been watching a lot of MSNBC or Fox News.

Vern June 21, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Captain Obvious strikes again.

Elwood June 21, 2018 at 4:54 PM

This is one of those feel-good bills which accomplishes nothing.

Now Congressman Windbag can tell the folks back home he’s fighting opioid
addiction.

Citizen June 21, 2018 at 6:44 PM

So the haters think opioids need no more regulation and they want to hate Mark again! Well… boo hoo! You poor folks will just have to go with it!
Mark is working hard and is making very positive changes! Get over it!

Fred P. June 22, 2018 at 6:46 AM

@citizen – there were already laws against it.

The only reason he’s pushing for more laws is to get his face in the paper.

Why add more laws to do the same thing?????/

We’re waiting……………

Fred P. June 21, 2018 at 7:22 PM

DeSaulnier doesn’t have a clue; remember when he asked the voters years ago what laws they’d like to see? I think he called it “there ought to be a law.”

What a bonehead.

Miller June 21, 2018 at 8:51 PM

AB1531 was introduced by DeSaulnier in February and signed into law in September. It increases fines for repeat offenders misusing disabled parking spots. A first-time offense would cost from $250 to $500, the second would cost as much as $750, and the third could reach as much as $1,000.

Sorry “there ought to be a law” made it expensive for repeat offenders to park in handicapped parking spots. What a bonehead move, you’re right. We need to protect repeat offenders who keep parking in handicapped spots.

Fred P. June 22, 2018 at 6:35 AM

Wow – a couple of laws (maybe) that he introduced since 2006…..and that was signed into law in 2007 when he was in the CA legislature. Look it up.

Sorry – but just passing a few laws doesn’t cut it in my book. What about improving efficiencies? What about his bonehead (yes, bonehead) stunt of his “sit-in” a year or so ago – real mature.

Citizen – “working real hard…..” right. For the democrats that support him. He forgets that he is supposed to represent ALL of the members of his district. Now if you have a problem with that, tough $hit. Get over it and just keep drinking the Kool-Aid. As far as you calling me a “hater” – for me to be offended by your comment means that I value your input.

You’ll vote for anyone that has a (D) after their name – even if they butcher babies and eat them at high noon on the parade ground on July 4 with the Marine Band in review.

Take a hike – “citizen”…

Pyrrhus June 22, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Fred, were you complaining when the Republicans pulled the same stunt on Obama in shutting down the government? When is the last time you voted for a Democrat? I’ll tell you right now, last time I voted for a Republican was for Bush in 2000. Also, I’ve never voted for a Democrat Representative or Senator. This is the first year I’ve voted for a Democrat Governor (voted for John Chiang). I’ve seen how detrimental the Republicans have been to the economy, environment, and human rights. I laugh when they call themselves Christian conservatives,

Am I a Democrat? Absolutely not, I did not vote for Obama and was a critic of him and of many of his and the Democrats policies. That’s the biggest difference I see between Obama supporters and Trump supporters. Obama supporters were critical of him while Trump supporters think you can’t speak ill of the president.

KinseyLeaky June 21, 2018 at 8:09 PM

It’s damn impossible to even get a legit prescription for Norco now, I have no problem buying on the black market when my doctor won’t give me pain killer for kidney stones, he tells me when pain is unbearable come back and see me…really, you are a quack. The hell with the government keeping my doctor from doing his job for a patient in pain. I will support my street drug dealer.

Fred P. June 22, 2018 at 8:36 AM

And exactly WHAT SPECIFICALLY has marky done about the immigration laws – other than “issuing statements?”

He’s afraid to take a stand on truly substantive subjects. I’m surprised he hasn’t limited his bills to renaming post offices or some such bull crap.

When he was in the CA legislature, he was pushing for “smart” guns and microstamping technology. I wrote multiple letters/emails to him about the FACTS, current and future states of mechanical and electronics technology, needs of law enforcement, etc… etc… probably 200 pages of facts and discussions of the state of the industry.

Know what I got from him? Canned responses from his aides that either DIDN’T address the issues or (when I forced the issue) responded with “let’s agree to disagree.” In other words, he wasn’t interested in the facts, but only in doing what his democrat handlers told him to do/say. If he can’t have an honest discussion and understand the facts, then he’s got no business in office.

Again, he’s supposed to represent ALL people in his district. That means LISTENING to them and not just blowing them off as he’s done – multiple times.

I’ve got no use for that POS. Maybe calling him a bonehead was wrong – that’s an insult to boneheads.

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