Pa. Senate committee approves 7 day limit for opioid prescriptions in ERs
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 10.19.16
Update: The Senate Appropriations committee has also approved the plan, following approval by a seperate Senate committee.
(Harrisburg) -- A state Senate committee has approved a plan to limit opioid prescriptions for people who visit the emergency room.
The proposal restricts patients to a seven-day supply of opioids.
However, an exemption allows doctors to prescribe more than a seven-day supply if they determine it's necessary to treat the patient's medical condition.
An amendment also softens discipline for doctors who don't follow the restriction.
An earlier version of the measure said law-breakers would have committed unprofessional conduct.
But the latest bill has deleted those words.
The legislation has already passed the House and is currently under consideration by another Senate panel.