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

                                                                              SUMMARY OF HOUSE-PASSED BILL

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House Bill 4659 (as passed by the House)

Sponsor:  Representative Joseph N. Bellino, Jr.

House Committee:  Health Policy

Senate Committee:  Health Policy and Human Services


Date Completed:  9-9-21




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.


                                                                           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.