State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced the passage of legislation to provide prompt access to potentially life-saving treatment for Ohioans with chronic medical conditions in an emergency situation. 

Senate Bill 141, jointly sponsored by Senator Manning and Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville), would allow diabetes, asthma and certain cardiac medications such as nitroglycerin to be filled by pharmacists if a customer has made a reasonable attempt to contact a physician but has been unsuccessful.

"This legislation ensures that no more lives are lost due to red-tape," said Manning. 

Manning took the idea of the legislation to Senator Burke, a practicing pharmacist, in response to the death of a diabetic Avon Lake resident who died when he could not get his prescription for insulin refilled on New Year's Eve in 2013. 

"This was an active young man with a long-life ahead of him as he managed his diabetes," said Manning. "A lapsed prescription and unfortunate timing should not have denied this young man from receiving the life-saving medication that he needed. Ensuring quick and efficient access to such medication is the focus of this legislation."

The legislation allows a pharmacist to generate a prescription using the patient’s record one time per year, per drug. The bill does not give pharmacists independent prescriptive authority but allows the pharmacist to consult patients' prescription records to determine whether an emergency refill is warranted if a physician can not be reached. 

Narcotics and other pain medication refills are not permitted under the legislation. 

Senate Bill 141 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

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