ACCT Supported Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act Passed by Congress
Congress passed H.R. 304, the “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act” that would clarify that emergency medical services (EMS) professionals are allowed to administer controlled substances pursuant to standing or verbal orders under certain conditions. The issue arose last year when the DEA said that legislative action would be needed to continue to allow “standing orders” for EMS workers administering controlled substances. The bill will streamline DEA registrations for emergency agencies and medical directors operating in counties and states nationwide. The bill was presented to the President on November 7th.