Senator Stone's Bill to Aid During a Disaster Heads to Governor's Desk

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Sacramento, Ca. -- Senate Bill 569 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), which would allow pharmacists to dispense controlled substance without a security form during a declared disaster, was passed unanimously by the State Assembly on Tuesday, September 3rd. 

The California State Board of Pharmacy received information on challenges during recent declared disasters, including the recent Camp Wildfire. During this fire, many individuals were displaced and significant damage occurred to infrastructure and healthcare facilities. One of the challenges identified to the Board of Pharmacy was limited access to prescription medications including controlled medications for pain, ADHD, depression, and anxiety treatment.

Existing law establishes requirements for controlled substance security forms, including required elements that must be included on the printed security form. But, there is currently no exemption from these requirements for a declared disaster. In addition, during a declared disaster many patient care areas occur in emergency shelters, public schools, and even churches. These non-traditional medical patient care settings may not have access to compliant controlled substances security forms.

Senate Bill 569 will fix this by creating a limited exemption to the controlled substances forms requirements during the initial phase of a local, state, or federal declared disaster.

Senate Bill 569 now moves on to Governor Newsom for his signature.

“I thank the Assembly for their support of this important legislation that will help those who have experienced disaster,” Senator Stone concluded