CPhA Sponsored Legislation:

CA AB 1535 (Bloom)

Authorizes a pharmacist to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the State Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board. Requires the development of protocols on the education of the person to whom the drug is furnished, and, notification of the patient’s primary care provider. Requires the pharmacists to complete related training. Prohibits furnishing naloxone hydrochloride to a patient without consultation of the drug. 

Status:

9/15/2014
9/15/2014
Signed by GOVERNOR.
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 326

Fact Sheet

CA AB 2418 (Bonilla)

Allows patients to opt out of their health plan’s mandatory mail order program if they prefer to obtain their prescription drugs from a community pharmacy and streamlines prescription medications by placing the patient’s medications on the same refill schedule.  Allows patients who run out of prescription eye medications because of accidental spillage or who use more than 70% of their eye drops to be eligible for an early refill.

Status: 

09/05/2014 ******To GOVERNOR.
Fact Sheet

 


Other Legislation:
1. CA AB 186
Author: Maienschein (R)
Title: Professions and Vocations: Military Spouses: Licenses
Introduced: 01/28/2013
Last Amend: 08/20/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Establishes a temporary licensure process for specified licensed professions for an applicant who holds a current, active, or unrestricted license in another jurisdiction and supplies evidence of being married to or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with an active duty member of the Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station in the state. Requires an applicant seeking a temporary license as an engineer, land surveyor, geologist, geophysicist or hydrogeologist to pass the state examination.
Status:
09/05/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
2. CA AB 333
Author: Wieckowski (D)
Title: Medical Waste
Introduced: 02/13/2013
Last Amend: 08/22/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires a certain report describing the interaction of federal and state law for the transport of medical waste. Authorizes the update of related standards. Adds new definitions, including the definition for chemotherapeutic agent. Authorizes the generation of waste at temporary events, including vaccination clinics. Relates to medical waste generator fee collection, trauma scene waste practitioners, solid waste transporters, and the carcasses of animals that have died of infectious diseases.
Status:
09/10/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
3. CA AB 809
Author: Logue (R)
Title: Healing Arts: Telehealth
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 08/07/2014
Enacted 09/18/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 404
Summary: Requires a health care provider at the originating site to provide the patient with a waiver for the course of treatment involving telehealth services to obtain informed consent for the agreed course of treatment. Requires the signed waiver to be contained in the patient's medical record.
Status:
09/18/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/18/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 404
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
4. CA AB 1535
Author: Bloom (D)
Title: Pharmacists: Naloxone Hydrochloride
Introduced: 01/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/24/2014
Enacted 09/15/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 326
Summary: Authorizes a pharmacist to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the State Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board. Requires the development of protocols on the education of the person to whom the drug is furnished and, notification of the patient's primary care provider. Requires the pharmacists to complete related training. Prohibits furnishing the medication to the patient without consultation. Authorizes related regulations.
Status:
09/15/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/15/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 326
Position: Sponsor
5. CA AB 1727
Author: Rodriguez (D)
Title: Prescription Drugs: Collection and Distribution
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 06/15/2014
Enacted 07/21/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 155
Summary: Prohibits the donation to a county repository and distribution program of a medication that is the subject of a United States Food and Drug Administration managed risk evaluation and mitigation strategy that prohibits that inventory transfer or requires the inventory transfer to receive prior authorization from the manufacturer of the medication.
Status:
07/21/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
07/21/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 155
Position: Watch
6. CA AB 1743
Author: Ting (D)
Title: Hypodermic Needles and Syringes
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 05/27/2014
Enacted 09/15/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 331
Summary: Deletes a date of repeal, and authorizes a pharmacist or physician to provide an unlimited number of hypodermic needles and syringes to a person of a minimum age or older solely for his or her personal use. Deletes a date of repeal. Exempts the possession of a specified amount of hypodermic needles and syringes that are acquired from an authorized source.
Status:
09/15/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/15/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 331
Position: Support
7. CA AB 1755
Author: Gomez (D)
Title: Medical Information
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Enacted 09/18/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 412
Summary: Amends existing law that requires a clinic, health facility, home health agency, or hospice to prevent unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or disclosure of, patients' medical information. Requires those entities to make specified reports within a specified time period. Authorizes the report to be made by alternative means, including email. Requires a delayed report for law enforcement purposes to be made within a specified time period. Gives the Department of Public Health investigation discretion.
Status:
09/18/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/18/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 412
Position: Watch
8. CA AB 1838
Author: Bonilla (D)
Title: Healing Arts: Medical School Accreditation
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 05/14/2014
Enacted 07/18/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 143
Summary: Amends existing law that requires applicants for a physician's or surgeon's certificate to show an official transcript or other satisfactory evidence that he or she has successfully complete a specified medical curriculum that meets specified requirements. Provides that a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation is deemed to meet those requirements.
Status:
07/18/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
07/18/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 143
Position: Watch
9. CA AB 1841
Author: Mullin (D)
Title: Medical Assistants
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 06/02/2014
Enacted 09/15/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 333
Summary: Specifies that the technical supportive services a medical assistant may perform in State Board of Pharmacy licensed facilities includes handing to a patient a properly labeled and prepackaged prescription drug, other than a controlled substance, ordered by a licensed physician and surgeon, a licensed podiatrist, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife.
Status:
09/15/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/15/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 333
Position: Support/Amend
10. CA AB 2069
Author: Maienschein (R)
Title: Immunizations: Influenza
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Last Amend: 04/24/2014
Enacted 09/16/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 357
Summary: Requires the Department of Public Health to post specified educational information regarding influenza disease and the availability of influenza vaccinations on the department's Internet Web site. Authorizes the department to use additional available resources to educate the public regarding influenza, including, among other things, public service announcements.
Status:
09/16/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/16/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 357
Position: Support
11. CA AB 2309
Author: Brown (D)
Title: Controlled Substances: Possession
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Enacted 09/19/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 471
Summary: Relates to deferred entry of judgment with respect to possession of controlled substances. Adds possession of Chlordiazepoxide, Clonazepam, Clorazepate, Diazepam, Flurazepam, Lorazepam, Mebutamate, Oxazepam, Prazepam, Temazepam, Halazepam, Alprazolam, Propoxyphene, Diethylpropion, Phentermine, Pemoline, Fenfluramine, and Triazolam, without a prescription to the list of violations.
Status:
09/19/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/19/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 471
Position: Watch
12. CA AB 2325
Author: Perez J (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: CommuniCal
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/12/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to establish the Medi-Cal Patient-Centered Communication program to be administered by a 3rd-party administrator, to provide and reimburse for medical interpretation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient. Establishes the CommuniCal Program Fund. Requires the Department of Health Care Services to be the certifying body for CommuniCal certified medical interpreters. Allows joining labor organizations.
Status:
09/10/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Watch, Watch
13. CA AB 2418
Author: Bonilla (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Prescription Drugs: Refills
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/19/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Amends the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that provides prescription drug benefits to permit and apply a prorated daily cost-sharing rate to prescription refills that are dispensed by a participating pharmacy for less than the standard refill amount under specified conditions. Authorizes early refill of covered topical ophthalmic products.
Status:
09/05/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Sponsor
14. CA AB 2485
Author: Dickinson (D)
Title: Unlawful Detainer: Nuisance: Controlled Substances
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Enacted 09/15/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 341
Summary: Extends the provision in existing law regarding illegally selling controlled substances, applicable only to real property situated in the City of Los Angeles, to also include Sacramento County and Oakland. Provides for dismission of related actions for a reasonable period if the tenant can prove hardship. Requires those entities to comply with specified reporting requirements. Requires the jurisdictions to make a good faith effort to comply with reporting in order to bring such actions.
Status:
09/15/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/15/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 341
Position: Watch
15. CA AB 2603
Author: Perez V (D)
Title: Controlled Substance: Permissive Lawful Possession
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/07/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Creates an exception from specified prohibitions for possession of certain controlled substances by a person other than the prescription holder if the possession is at the direction or with the express authorization of the holder and the sole intent of the possessor is to deliver the prescription to the prescription holder for its prescribed use or to discard the substance in a lawful manner.
Status:
08/29/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Support/Amend
16. CA AB 2605
Author: Bonilla (D)
Title: Pharmacy: Third-Party Logistics Providers
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/22/2014
Enacted 09/20/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Summary: Amends the State Pharmacy Law. Revises the definition of third-party logistics provider and reverse third-party logistics provider to conform to federal law. Relates to the management and supervision of such provider. Requires a provider surety bond. Relates to fraud. Relates to wholesaler liability for using a third-party logistics provider. Requires the records of receipt and shipment of dangerous drugs and dangerous devices open for inspection.
Status:
09/20/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
Position: Watch
17. CA ACR 93
Author: Buchanan (D)
Title: Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month
Introduced: 02/11/2014
Last Amend: 03/24/2014
Enacted 05/05/2014
Disposition: Adopted
Chapter: 23
Summary: Proclaims the month of March 2014 as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month.
Status:
05/05/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State.
05/05/2014 Resolution Chapter No. 23
Position: Watch
18. CA SB 18
Author: Leno (D)
Title: Medi-Cal Renewal
Introduced: 12/03/2012
Last Amend: 08/18/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to accept contributions by private foundations in a specified amount for the purpose of providing Medi-Cal renewal assistance payments. Appropriates a specified amount of funds from a specified state account and federal fund to be available for encumbrance and expenditures. Authorizes the use of previously appropriated funds in that account for this purpose. Requires seeking federal matching funds for the contributions. Relates to training.
Status:
09/05/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
19. CA SB 204
Author: Corbett (D)
Title: Prescription Drugs: Labeling
Introduced: 02/08/2013
Last Amend: 06/10/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires the State Board of Pharmacy to conduct a survey of a representative sample of licensed pharmacists to determine the usage of the directions for labeling in existing law. Requires the issues to be addressed in the survey. Requires a similar survey of venders that provide electronic health records to determine the type of directions for use included in the vendor's electronic health records programming. Requires the Board to report survey findings at a board meeting and on its Internet Web site.
Status:
09/04/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Commentary: CPhA - Oppose
Position: Oppose
20. CA SB 508
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Medi-Cal Eligibility
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 08/18/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Codifies the Medi-Cal income eligibility thresholds established by the State Department of Health Services. Requires the Department to implement provisions regarding providing Medi-Cal benefits to an individual in foster care homes or private institutions for a specified time period under specified conditions. Removes the requirement that a child's parent or caretaker relative meet the deprivation requirements in order for the child to be eligible for Medi-Cal.
Status:
09/04/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
21. CA SB 960
Author: Morrell (R)
Title: Pharmacy
Introduced: 02/06/2014
Last Amend: 06/19/2014
Enacted 08/22/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 247
Summary: Authorizes the Executive Officer of the State Board of Pharmacy, or his or her designee, to issue a letter of admonishment to an applicant for licensure who has committed any violation of law that the board deems, in its discretion, does not merit the denial of a license or require probationary status. Authorizes such letter to be issued concurrently with a license.
Status:
08/22/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
08/22/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 247
Position: Support
22. CA SB 1034
Author: Monning (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Waiting Periods.
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 06/26/2014
Enacted 08/15/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 195
Summary: Prohibits group health care service plan contracts and group health insurance policies from imposing any waiting or affiliation period. Requires that an employer offering a health care service plan to send a written notice to inform an eligible employee or dependent that he or she may be excluded from eligibility for coverage until the next open enrollment period if the employee or dependent fail to enroll during an open enrollment period.
Status:
08/15/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
08/15/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 195
Position: Watch
23. CA SB 1039
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Pharmacy
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Enacted 09/15/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 319
Summary: Authorizes a pharmacy technician to perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive, or other nondiscretionary tasks only while assisting and under direct supervision and control of a pharmacist. Relates to sealing emergency containers. Authorizes an intern pharmacist to inspect facility drugs. Authorizes a facility to furnish drugs and devices to patients upon discharge. Relates to records maintenance. Relates to patient assessments. Relates to adjusting a drug regimen. Exempts cleaning agents and solvents.
Status:
09/15/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/15/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 319
Position: Watch
24. CA SB 1052
Author: Torres (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 08/18/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires a health care service plan or insurer that provides prescription drug benefits or maintains drug formularies to post those formularies on its Internet Web site and to update that posting with changes at specified times. Requires the development of a standard formulary template. Requires plans and insurers to use that template to display formularies. Requires the Exchange Web site provide a link to the formularies for each health plan through the Exchange.
Status:
09/05/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Support
25. CA SB 1159
Author: Lara (D)
Title: License Applicants: Individual Tax Identification
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Last Amend: 08/22/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires professional and vocational licensing boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs to require an applicant to provide an individual tax identification number or social security number if the applicant is an individual. Requires the bodies to report to the Franchise Tax Board, and subjects a licensee to a penalty for failure to provide that information. Prohibits denial of licensure based on citizenship or immigration status. Requires regulatory and procedural changes to implement provisions.
Status:
09/09/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Watch
26. CA SB 1311
Author: Hill (D)
Title: Public Health: Antimicrobial Stewardship
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/07/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires all general acute care hospitals to adopt and implement an antimicrobial stewardship policy that includes a process to evaluate judicious use of antibiotics. Requires the development of a physician supervised multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship committee, subcommittee, or workgroup. Requires each such hospital to report stewardship program activities to each hospital committee undertaking clinical quality improvement activities.
Status:
08/18/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Support
27. CA SB 1340
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Provider Contracts
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 03/24/2014
Enacted 07/07/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 83
Summary: Relates to the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 regarding licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Prohibits a contract between a plan or insurer and a provider or supplier from restricting the ability of the plan or insurer to furnish information to consumers or purchasers concerning the cost range of a procedure, full course of treatment or the quality of services performed.
Status:
07/07/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
07/07/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 83
Position: Watch
28. CA SB 1341
Author: Mitchell (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: Statewide Automated Welfare System
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 05/06/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires the Statewide Automated Welfare System to be the system of record for Medi-Cal and to contain all Medi-Cal eligibility rules and case management functionality. Authorizes the Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS) to house the business rules necessary for an eligibility determination. Requires CalHEERS to make the business rules available to the System consortia to determine Medi-Cal eligibility. Requires notices for the Medi-Cal and premium tax credit programs.
Status:
08/25/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Watch
29. CA SB 1438
Author: Pavley (D)
Title: Controlled Substances: Opioid Antagonists
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/22/2014
Enacted 09/19/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 491
Summary: Relates to the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Authorizes peace officers to distribute opioid antagonists to a person experiencing an overdose. Establishes training standards. Authorizes hospitals and trauma centers to share information with local law enforcement about controlled substances. Relates to EMT training regulations. Authorizes the medical director of a local EMS agency to approve a trial study of the administration of naloxone hydrochloride by prehospital emergency medical care personnel.
Status:
09/19/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
09/19/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 491
Position: Support
30. CA SB 1457
Author: Evans (D)
Title: Medical Care: Electronic Treatment Authorization
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/30/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Relates to Medi-Cal program, the California Children's Services Program and the Genetically Handicapped Person's Program. Requires requests for authorization for treatment or services to be submitted in an electronic format. Excludes dental providers. Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to create a format for submitting requests when the Department's Web site or other means are unavailable. Relates to rural providers. Authorizes all-county letters, plan letters, or provider bulletins.
Status:
08/20/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Watch

From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended. (6-0)
From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended. (6-0)