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​Bill would require faster reporting of opioid dispensing

Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, testifies Wednesday before the House Human Services Committee in Springfield for a bill that would tighten reporting requirements on pharmacies dispensing controlled substances such as opioids.
Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, testifies Wednesday before the House Human Services Committee in Springfield for a bill that would tighten reporting requirements on pharmacies dispensing controlled substances such as opioids.

SPRINGFIELD – Pharmacies in Illinois would have less time to report dispensing opioid medications and other controlled substances under a bill making its way through the General Assembly.

The House Human Services Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require pharmacies to file those reports by the end of the business day on which controlled substances are dispensed. Current law gives them until the end of the following business day.

“It ensures that medical providers have a complete picture of what their patients are taking so that they’re not over-prescribing opioids to patients who misuse or, actually, frequently then sell the fraudulent medication,” Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, the bill’s sponsor, told the committee during testimony.

She said the bill is an attempt to prevent what she called “doctor shopping.” Under current law, she said, people trying to obtain illicit doses can visit multiple doctors over a 48-hour period and receive multiple prescriptions before any of those prescriptions are reported.

In an interview after the hearing, Stuart said the nation’s opioid epidemic has affected nearly every community, including her home community of Edwardsville.

Although the bill passed out of the committee unanimously, some members suggested it might need technical amendments to define what constitutes a business day, and how that would apply to pharmacies that are open 24 hours a day.

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