H.R.304: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017

Author's Summary:  This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to register an emergency medical services (EMS) agency to administer controlled substances if the agency submits an application demonstrating that it is authorized to conduct such activity in the state in which the agency practices. The DEA may deny an application if it determines that the registration is inconsistent with the public interest.

IB Summary:  According to the American Hospital Association: "H.R. 304 would clarify that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) may be administered by EMS practitioners pursuant to a standing order issued by a physician medical director of an EMS agency. If EMS practitioners cannot rely on standing orders to authorize administration of medications governed by the CSA, treatment may be delayed for patients in pain or experiencing other significant symptoms."

Status: 11/07/2017 Presented to President.

Links: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/304?r=1https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/916