Federal News & Legislative Updates

1803, 2019

Current Bills

March 18th, 2019|

Assembly Health Committee hearing Tuesday, March 18. Overdose prevention. Assembly member Susan Eggman (D, Stockton) is author of an overdose prevention bill. AB 362 authorizes a safe injection site pilot program in San Francisco. CPA supports. A similar bill last year vetoed by the Governor. Extending postpartum coverage for a [...]

502, 2019

Family Separation

February 5th, 2019|

CPA policy may have found a home in AB 163 (Garcia, D – Bell Gardens) which would require local officials to meet with each unaccompanied undocumented minor to assess the well-being of the minor and to offer mental health services to the minor, if those minors are in or with California licensed foster [...]

502, 2019

Serialized scrips

February 5th, 2019|

Help is on the way. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, an Assembly Committee moved AB 149 (Cooper, D-Elk Grove) forward unanimously. AB 149 delays secure prescription form requirements until no later than Jan. 1, 2020, and would make any prescriptions written on a form otherwise valid prior to Jan. 1, 2019 (that does [...]

1501, 2019

Rx Pad Update

January 15th, 2019|

A joint statement of the Attorney General, the medical and pharmacy boards was published yesterday. You can access it HERE. It does emphasize 38 printers authorized to provide secure prescription pads. It also encourages pharmacists to consider “ . . . in the exercise of his or her best professional judgment,  [...]

1201, 2019

Urgent Rx Pad Alert

January 12th, 2019|

Pharmacies refusing scrips. The Medical Board of California notified prescribers of new secure controlled substance prescription pad requirements (AB 1753) going into effect January 1 – only the notice wasn't sent out until December 28, leaving many prescribers scrambling to meet patient needs for medication in the new year. Pharmacies [...]

2612, 2018


December 26th, 2018|

2019 legislative session is already out of the starting blocks. Senator Anthony Wiener (D-San Francisco) offers SB 40, 2019 cleanup legislation for his innovative 2018 conservatorship bill SB 1045. SB 1045 combined conservatorships, housing, mental health and drug treatment in a package for chronically homeless with co-occurring disorders as a pilot [...]