AN ACT REDUCING MEDICATION WASTE IN CERTAIN LICENSED FACILITIES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
(a) The department of public health, in conjunction with
of registration in pharmacy and the division of medical assistance, shall
task force to review and make recommendations on methods to reduce medication
in facilities licensed by the departments of public health, mental health and
corrections. The task force shall recommend such methods, based on its review,
that are determined to be effective in reducing waste without imposing
unreasonable costs on the health care delivery system. The task force's review
shall address, but not be limited to, the following areas: (1) current
technology, standards and reimbursement mechanisms for dispensing and
distributing medications to facilities; (2) other states' requirements for
limiting prescription drug waste and any cost savings realized; (3) the
commonwealth's standards for the return and re-dispensing of patient-specific
schedule VI prescription drugs; and (4) possible incentive mechanisms to
the creation of prescription drug waste.
(b) The task force shall consist of up to 2 representatives from each of the
following offices: the department of public health, the board of registration
pharmacy and the division of medical assistance. The task force shall consult
with representatives from the board of registration in nursing, the board of
registration in medicine, the department of mental health, the department of
corrections, and may consult with representatives from the following entities,
the task force deems necessary: the Massachusetts Society of Consultant
Pharmacists, Massachusetts Extended Care Federation, Massachusetts Society of
Health System Pharmacists, Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Nurses
Association, Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Long-Term Care Pharmacy
Alliance, the Home and Health Care Association of Massachusetts and other
representatives and consultants.
The task force shall submit a report to the joint
committee on health
care and the house and senate committees on ways and means on or before
September 30, 2002.