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Bill Number Description   Issue Brief Position
           
 HB59 PRESCRIPTION DRUG DONATION REPOSITORY PROGRAM by Yarborough and Duran - Creates Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program within DOH; provides criteria & conditions for donation of prescription drugs & supplies from certain authorized entities for dispensing to eligible patients; authorizes DOH to establish direct-support organization; authorizes Governor to waive program patient eligibility requirements during declared state of emergency.        MONITORING
           
 SB104 PRESCRIPTION DRUG DONATION REPOSITORY PROGRAM by Book -  Creating the “Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program Act”; creating the program within the Department of Health; authorizing the department to contract with a third-party vendor to administer the program; providing inspection, inventory, and storage requirements for centralized and local repositories; authorizing the department to establish a direct-support organization to provide assistance, funding, and promotional support for program activities; authorizing the Governor to waive program patient eligibility requirements during a declared state of emergency, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                               MONITORING
           
HB245
School Health Immunizations by Fitzenhagen -:Revises child immunization requirements to include vaccine for human papillomavirus.
      MONITORING
           
SB356 School Health Immunizations by Rodiguez - Citing this act as the “Women’s Cancer Prevention Act”; revising child immunization requirements to include a vaccine for human papillomavirus, etc.       MONITORING
           
HB271 Prescribed Drug Services and Audits by Santiago and Plasencia - Prohibits attorneys from engaging in misleading advertisement related to prescribed drugs; imposes limitations on auditing entities; requires OIR establish appeals process to findings in audit reports; requires registration of pharmacy services administration organizations; requires health insurers & HMOs to offer online prior authorization process; requires health insurers to publish procedure for exemptions for first fail policies; requires pharmacy benefit managers to publish list of covered drugs.  

GENERAL TALKING POINTS ON PBMS

HB271
TALKING POINTS

   SUPPORT
           
 SB906 Prescribed Drug Services and Audits by Wright - Prohibiting attorneys from engaging in misleading advertisement related to medicinal drugs; providing requirements for pharmacy contracts and auditing entities; revising the rights that pharmacies have if audits are conducted; prohibiting audits from considering as fraud any clerical and recordkeeping error, etc.        
           
HB111 Testing for and Treatment of Influenza and Streptococcus by Placensia -  Requires specified licensed pharmacists to report certain information to DOH; authorizes pharmacists to test for & treat influenza & streptococcus & provides requirements relating thereto; requires that written protocol between pharmacist & supervising physician contain certain information, terms, & conditions; requires Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules; requires pharmacist to notify patient's primary care provider within specified period after providing testing or treatment.    TALKING POINTS
Update 3/9/2019
  SUPPORT
           
 SB300 Testing for and Treatment of Influenza and Streptococcus by Brandes -  Testing for and Treatment of Influenza and Streptococcus; Requiring specified licensed pharmacists to report certain information to the Department of Health; authorizing pharmacists to test for and treat influenza and streptococcus and providing requirements relating thereto; requiring that a pharmacist notify a patient’s primary care provider within a specified time period after providing any such testing or treatment, etc.   TALKING POINTS   SUPPORT
           
 HB287 Drug Safety by Geller -  Prohibits dispensing specified opioids unless prescription bottle or container has warning sticker; requires pharmacies to offer for sale prescription lock boxes; authorizes DOH to develop & distribute pamphlet concerning controlled substances.       MONITORING
           
SB488 Drug Safety by Pizzo -  Prohibiting a pharmacist or practitioner from dispensing specified opioids unless the prescription bottle or container has a warning sticker meeting certain requirements; requiring pharmacies to offer for sale prescription lock boxes, etc.        MONITORING
           
SB304 Prescriptive Authority Certification for Psychologists by Brandes - Requiring the Board of Psychology to certify specified psychologists to exercise prescriptive authority; specifying application requirements for certification; prohibiting specified prescribing actions; requiring the board to maintain a record of every prescribing psychologist authorized to prescribe controlled substances, etc.        MONITORING
           
 HB373 Certification for Prescriptive Authority by Pigman - Creates certification for prescriptive authority; requires Board of Psychology to certify specified psychologists; requires rulemaking; provides certain prescribing practices; requires interaction with Board of Pharmacy; provides for construction of interim panel.        MONITORING
           
 HB171 Infectious Disease Elimination Program by Jones and Plasencia (CO-SPONSORS) Duran; Eskamani; Jacobs; Pigman; Smith, C.; Willhite - Authorizes certain eligible entities to establish sterile needle and syringe exchange programs.       MONITORING
           
 SB366 SB 366: Infectious Disease Elimination Programs by Braynon - Citing this act as the "Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA)"; authorizing certain eligible entities to establish sterile needle and syringe exchange programs, rather than a single program established in Miami-Dade County; exempting certain persons affiliated with a program from prosecution for possession of a needle or syringe under certain circumstances, etc.        MONITORING
           
HB213 Immunization Registry by Massullo - Revises provisions relating to communicable disease prevention & control program under DOH; provides that certain students who obtain vaccinations from colleges or universities may refuse to be included in immunization registry; requires certain health care practitioners to report data to immunization registry; requires students to have certificate of immunization on file with immunization registry; requires district school boards & governing authorities of private schools to establish & enforce policy for age-appropriate screening of scoliosis.        MONITORING
           
 SB354 Immunization Registry by Montford - Revising provisions relating to the communicable disease prevention and control programs under the Department of Health; establishing that a certain student who obtains a vaccination from a Florida college or university student health center may refuse to be included in the immunization registry; revising school-entry health requirements to require students to have a certificate of immunization on file with the department’s immunization registry, etc.       MONITORING
           
 SB372 Smoking Marijuana for Medical Use by Farmer - Redefining terms to authorize the production, processing, transportation, sale, possession, and administration of marijuana in a form for smoking for medical use; deleting a provision requiring specified parties to be able to access the medical marijuana use registry to verify the authorization of a qualified patient or a caregiver to possess a marijuana delivery device; deleting provisions prohibiting a medical marijuana treatment center from contracting for certain services related to marijuana delivery devices, etc.         MONITORING
           
 HB375 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by Pigman - Exempts from requirement to check patient's dispensing history the prescribing of or dispensing controlled substance to patients for alleviation of pain related to terminal condition or to patients receiving palliative care for terminal illnesses.       MONITORING
           
 SB592 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by Albritton - Expanding the exceptions to a requirement that a prescriber or dispenser must consult the program to review a patient’s controlled substance dispensing history before prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance for a patient of a certain age, etc.        MONITORING
           
HB383 Advanced Birth Centers by Burton - Provides for issuance, renewal, denial, & revocation of licenses to establish advanced birth centers by AHCA; provides penalty for operating without license; provides applicability of licensure requirements under part II of ch. 408, F.S., to advanced birth centers.     MONITORING
           
SB448 Advanced Birth Centers by Harrell - Defining the terms “advanced birth center” and “medical director”; providing requirements for advanced birth center facilities and equipment; providing minimum standards for advanced birth centers; providing for the education and orientation of advanced birth center clients and their families, etc.        MONITORING
           
 SB398 Prior Authorization for Opioid Alternatives by Farmer - Prohibiting health insurance policies from requiring that treatment with an opioid analgesic drug product be attempted and have failed before authorizing the use of a nonopioid-based analgesic drug product, etc.        MONITORING
           
 SB408 Drug Offenses by Brandes - Prohibiting the use or possession of a pill press or similar device with the intent to unlawfully manufacture a pill, tablet, or capsule containing certain controlled substances; prohibiting the sale, purchase, delivery, bringing into this state, or actual or constructive possession of specified amounts of dosage units of certain controlled substances; creating the offense of “trafficking in pharmaceuticals”, etc.        MONITORING
           
 SB410 Long-acting Reversible Contraception Pilot Program by Berman - Requiring the Department of Health to establish a long-acting reversible contraception pilot program in Duval, Hillsborough, and Palm Beach Counties; requiring the department to contract with family planning providers to implement the pilot program; requiring the department to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date, etc. APPROPRIATION: $100,000.00       MONITORING
           
 HB579 Long-acting Reversible Contraception Pilot Program by Davis - Requires DOH to establish long-acting reversible contraception pilot program in Duval, Hillsborough, & Palm Beach Counties; requires department to contract with family planning providers to implement program & apply for grants for additional funding; requires department to submit report to Governor & Legislature by specified date; provides appropriation.       MONITORING
           
 HB451 Non-Opioid Directives by Plakon - Requires DOH to establish voluntary non-opioid directive form & provides requirements for form; requires form be posted on DOH website; requires certain physicians document receipt of form in patient's medical record; authorizes patient to appoint duly authorized guardian or health care proxy who may revoke directive; requires certain physicians to provide copy of form to any patient to whom opioid drug may be prescribed, ordered, or administered; requires pharmacist to presume that electronically transmitted prescription for opioid drug is valid; authorizes pharmacist to dispense opioid drug in contradiction of directive; provides that certain persons are not liable for damages or subject to criminal prosecution; provides that certain persons may be subject to disciplinary action.       MONITORING
           
 SB630 Nonopioid Directives by Perry - Requiring the Department of Health to establish a voluntary nonopioid directive form; authorizing a patient to appoint a duly authorized guardian or health care proxy who may revoke a voluntary nonopioid directive; providing that certain persons are not liable for damages or subject to criminal prosecution under certain circumstances, etc.       MONITORING
           

 HB491

Controlled Substance Prescribing by Hart - Excludes pain related to sickle-cell anemia from definition of acute pain for purposes of limitations on prescriptions of opioids for acute pain.       MONITORING
           
 SB1280 Controlled Substance Prescribing by Rouson - Revising the definition of the term “acute pain” to exclude pain related to sickle-cell anemia; excluding the treatment of such pain from limitations on the prescription of an opioid drug, etc.       MONITORING
           
 SB502 Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws by Rader - Prohibiting a store or food service business from providing a carryout bag made of plastic film to a customer; prohibiting a food service business from selling or providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer, etc.        MONITORING
           
SB524 Health Insurance Savings Programs by Diaz - Designating the “Patient Savings Act”; authorizing health insurers and health maintenance organizations to implement shared savings incentive programs; providing that a direct written premium must be reduced by the dollar amount of certain incentives, for the purpose of certain taxes; requiring the Office of Insurance Regulation to review insurers’ filings of their program descriptions, etc.        MONITORING
           
 HB539 Health Insurance Coverage for Enteral Formulas by Zika - Revises criteria for required coverage of enteral formulas under certain health insurance policies; requires state group insurance program to provide coverage for certain enteral formulas & elemental formulas.        MONITORING
           
 SB358 Health Insurance Coverage for Enteral Formula by Stargel - Revising criteria for the required coverage of enteral formulas under specified health insurance policies; requiring the state group insurance program to provide coverage for certain enteral formulas and amino-acid-based elemental formulas, etc.         MONITORING
           
SB706 Institutional Pharmacies by Bean - Revising the definition of the term “institutional formulary system”; authorizing the use of an institutional formulary system in a Class I institutional pharmacy; specifying requirements for the policies and procedures of an institutional formulary system in a Class I institutional pharmacy, etc.       MONITORING
           
 SB708 Sale of Sunscreen by Stewart - Prohibiting the sale, offer for sale, or distribution of certain sunscreen products to a consumer who does not have a prescription for such product, etc.        MONITORING
           
 HB687 Automated Pharmacy Systems by Willhite - Authorizes community pharmacy to use automated pharmacy system; provides that certain drugs stored in such system for outpatient dispensing are part of inventory of pharmacy providing services through such system; requires Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules.    TALKING POINTS   OPPOSE
           
 SB1170 Automated Pharmacy Systems by Brandes - Authorizing a community pharmacy to use an automated pharmacy system under certain circumstances; providing that certain medicinal drugs stored in such system for outpatient dispensing are part of the inventory of the pharmacy providing services through such system, etc.    TALKING POINTS   OPPOSE
           
 SB650 Health Insurer Authorization by Mayfield - Redefining the term “health insurer” and defining the term “urgent care situation”; providing that prior authorization forms may not require certain information; requiring health insurers and pharmacy benefits managers on behalf of health insurers to provide, by specified means, certain information relating to prior authorization; requiring health insurers to publish on their websites and provide to insureds in writing a procedure for insureds and health care providers to request protocol exceptions, etc.        MONITORING
           
 HB833 Collaborative Practice by Byrd - Revises definition of term "practice of profession of pharmacy"; authorizes consultant pharmacist to perform specified services under certain conditions; revises responsibilities of consultant pharmacist; requires consultant pharmacist & collaborating practitioner to maintain collaborative practice agreements; requires collaborative practice agreements to be made available upon request from or upon inspection by DOH; defines "health care facility".   Health Care Issues in FL    SUPPORT
           
SB1050 Collaborative Practice by Diaz - Authorizing a consultant pharmacist to perform specified services under certain conditions; revising the responsibilities of a consultant pharmacist; requiring a consultant pharmacist and a collaborating practitioner to maintain collaborative practice agreements, etc.   Health Care Issues in FL     SUPPORT
           
 HB19 Prescription Drug Importation Programs by Leek - Creates programs for purpose of safely importing cost-effective prescription drugs into state from Canada & other foreign nations under specified conditions; provides eligibility criteria for prescription drugs & program participants; provides distribution requirements; provides annual reporting requirements; provides application & permitting requirements for certain participating entities; provides that implementation of International Prescription Drug Importation Program is contingent on federal arrangement or obtaining federal guidance.        MONITORING
           
 SB1452 Prescription Drug Importation Programs by Gruters - Establishing the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program within the Agency for Health Care Administration for a specified purpose; providing eligibility criteria for prescription drugs, for Canadian suppliers, and for importers under the program; requiring the agency to request federal approval of the program; providing requirements for such request; requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to establish the International Prescription Drug Importation Program for a specified purpose, etc.        MONITORING
           
 SB1528 Prescription Drug Importation Programs for Public Programs by Bean and Gruters - Establishing the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program within the Agency for Health Care Administration for a specified purpose; requiring participating Canadian suppliers and importers to comply with specified federal requirements for distributing prescription drugs imported under the program; prohibiting Canadian suppliers and importers from distributing, dispensing, or selling prescription drugs imported under the program outside of the state, etc.        MONITORING
           
 SB1192 Electronic Prescribing by Bean - Requiring all prescriptions to be electronically generated and transmitted upon a certain practitioner’s license renewal or by a specified date; prohibiting electronic prescribing from interfering with a patient’s freedom to choose a pharmacy; repealing provisions relating to electronic prescribing for medicinal drugs, the unlawful sale, manufacture, alteration, delivery, uttering, or possession of counterfeit-resistant prescription blanks for controlled substances, and counterfeit-resistant prescription blanks for controlled substances listed in Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, or Schedule V, respectively, etc.    TALKING POINTS
Updated 3/11/2019
  MONITORING
           
 SB831 Electronic Prescribing by Mariano - Requires prescriptions to be electronically generated & transmitted; prohibits electronic prescribing from interfering with patient's freedom to choose pharmacy; provides restrictions for electronic prescribing software; authorizes electronic prescribing software to display information regarding payor's formulary; repeals various provisions relating to electronic prescribing & unlawful acts relating to counterfeit-resistant prescription blanks for controlled substances.   TALKING POINTS
Updated 3/11/2019
   MONITORING
           
 HB875 Statewide Taskforce on Opioid Drug Abuse by Sirois - Creates Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse; provides purpose; membership; provides duties; required reports.        MONITORING
           
 SB1658 Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse by Simpson - Creating the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse for a specified purpose; providing for reimbursement of per diem and travel expenses for members; requiring the Department of Legal Affairs to provide the task force with necessary staff; requiring the task force to hold an organizational session before a specified date and quarterly meetings thereafter, etc.        MONITORING
           
 SB1180 Consumer Protection from Nonmedical Changes to Prescription Drug Formularies by Mayfield - Prohibiting specified changes to certain insurance policy prescription drug formularies, except under certain circumstances; requiring small employer carriers to limit specified changes to prescription drug formularies under certain health benefit plans; prohibiting certain health maintenance organizations from making specified changes to health maintenance contract prescription drug formularies, except under certain circumstances, etc.       SUPPORT
           
 SB1700 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by Lee - Expanding the Attorney General’s authority to request information for Medicaid fraud cases from the Department of Health prescription drug monitoring program to information on all cases involving prescribed controlled substances; expanding access the Attorney General or his or her designee has to certain confidential and exempt information maintained by the department, etc.        MONITORING
           
 HB1253 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by Mariano - Authorizes AG to access system for more types of cases; removes dispensers & pharmacies from list of parties against whom information in system may not be used in civil or administrative actions; specifies persons who may authenticate records; Provides AG with access to information for additional types of cases.        MONITORING
           
HB1115 Dispensing Medicinal Drugs by Willhite - Authorizes individuals licensed to prescribe medicinal drugs to dispense 48-hour supply, rather than 24-hour supply, of such drugs to any patient, including discharged patient, under certain circumstances.       MONITORING
           
 SB1124 Dispensing Medicinal Drugs by Harrell - Authorizing individuals licensed to prescribe medicinal drugs to dispense a 48-hour supply, rather than a 24-hour supply, of such drugs to any patient, including a discharged patient, under certain circumstances, etc.       MONITORING
           
HB935 Price Transparency in Contracts by Rodriguez - Provides that contracts between health insurer & health care provider may not limit certain disclosures; provides contract requirements.        MONITORING
           
 SB1560 Price Transparency in Contracts by Flories - Defining the term “health insurer”; providing that a contract between a health insurer and a health care provider may not limit certain disclosures and must prohibit the insurer from requiring payments for services from an insured which exceed certain amounts, etc.       MONITORING



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