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S.1657: Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about health
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Sponsor Tom Udall, D-N.M.
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Democrats)
Introduced Nov. 6, 2013
Latest Major Action May 14, 2014
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Bill Summary

Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act of 2013 - Amends the Public Health Service Act, with respect to state databases for controlled substance monitoring programs, to require the state to: (1) ensure that its database is interoperable with other such programs and electronic health records and provides updated patient information available to a practitioner; (2) require practitioners to use database information to help determine whether to prescribe or renew a prescription for a controlled substance; and (3) require dispensers, where permitted, to enter patient data required by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) into the database, including concerning methadone dispensed. Imposes confidentiality protections regarding patient information in the database.

Requires health care practitioners and dispensers who participate in or are employed by a federal or federally funded health care program, and federally qualified health centers, to use the databas...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 14, 2014 Committee on United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Hearings held.
Nov. 6, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.