Senate Research Center S.B. 1896
AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT
Chapter 431, Health and Safety Code, establishes the Texas Drug Donation Program so that unused pharmaceutical drugs may be recycled and redistributed to charitable medical clinics. Currently, the program does not specify whether clinics, offices, and hospitals that are not licensed as wholesale distributors of pharmacy drugs are authorized to donate unused medication to charitable clinics. In addition, it is unclear whether charitable donors may donate additional medications to non-affiliated charitable medical clinics.
S.B. 1896 authorizes a licensed health care professional responsible for administration of drugs in a penal institution in this state to return to a pharmacy certain unused drugs. The bill clarifies the term "charitable medical clinic" to include a patient assistance program or charitable pharmacy. In addition, the bill provides that a drug donor is not required to be licensed as a wholesale distributors of pharmacy drugs.
This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to any state officer, institution, or agency.
SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS
SECTION 1. Amends Sections 562.1085(a) and (b), Occupations Code, as follows:
(a) Authorizes a licensed health care professional responsible for administration of drugs in a penal institution, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code, in this state to return to a pharmacy certain unused drugs, other than a controlled substance as defined by Chapter 481 (Texas Controlled Substance Act), Health and Safety Code, purchased from the pharmacy as provided by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy rule.
(b) Makes a conforming change.
SECTION 2. Amends Section 431.321(a), Health and Safety Code, by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (d-1), as follows:
(a) Redefines "charitable medical clinic."
(d-1) Defines "community pharmaceutical access program."
SECTION 3. Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2007.