AB 149 (Cooper) Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Since the implementation of AB 1753 (Low) on January 1, which requires all controlled substance prescription pads to have a unique serial number and reduces the number of printing companies, the health care industry has reported huge challenges with compliance. This has resulted, in some cases, with patients not being able to obtain medications.

The California Medical Association, recognizing that a quick legislative remedy was essential, reached out to Assemblyman Jim Cooper who introduced AB 149 that will allow for a grace period for the new law. CVMA lobbyist, Mike Dillon, voiced the CVMA’s support at the Assembly Business and Professions Committee hearing on January 29, 2019.

AB 149 would add an “urgency clause” – meaning that the bill would be able to take effect soon after it is signed; remove Department of Justice rulemaking language that would hold the bill up; and indicate that existing controlled substance prescription pads could be used until January 1, 2021.

The CVMA has taken a support position on this bill.

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