ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF RX; EXCEPTIONS                             H.B. 4659:

                                                                                         SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                         REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE










House Bill 4659 (as reported without amendment)

Sponsor:  Representative Joseph N. Bellino, Jr.

House Committee:  Health Policy

Senate Committee:  Health Policy and Human Services




The bill would amend the Public Health Code to prescribe certain exceptions to a requirement that prescriptions be transmitted electronically.


Beginning October 1, 2021, Section 17754a of the Code requires a prescriber or his or her agent to electronically transmit a prescription, including a prescription for a controlled substance, directly to a pharmacy of the patient's choice.


The requirement to transmit a prescription electronically does not apply under certain specified circumstances. Under the bill, the requirement also would not apply to the following circumstances:


 --   If the prescription were dispensed by a dispensing prescriber.

 --   If the prescription were for a dialysis-related drug that was administered as part of or incident to a home-based dialysis treatment.


MCL 333.17754a                                       Legislative Analyst:  Stephen Jackson




The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.


Date Completed:  10-12-21                         Fiscal Analyst:  Elizabeth Raczkowski





This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.