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HB 0287 - Controlled substances; immunity for pain management treatment; provide

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Carter,Earl 159th
Last Action: 4/20/2007 - House Withdrawn, Recommitted
House Committee: JudyNC
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

Amend Chapter 13 of Title 16.  Relating to controlled substances.  A health care provider shall be immune from criminal liability and professional discipline for the prescription, dispensing, or administration of medical treatment for the therapeutic purpose of reliving pain in accordance with accepted guidelines.  A pharmacist shall be immune from any civil liability for the dispensing or administration of medical treatment for the therapeutic purpose of relieving pain in accordance with an accepted guideline.  The provisions of this code section shall apply to health care providers in the treatment of all patients for pain regardless of the patient�s prior or current dependency or addiction.  There is established the Pain Management Ad Hoc Committee; the purposes of the committee shall be to facilitate a discussion among the Attorney General, regulatory boards, and other interested persons that focuses on identifying appropriate procedures and techniques for the management of pain; and study and report to the Governor and General Assembly on medical, pharmaceutical, and patient care issues involving the treatment of pain, including, but not limited to, the use of Schedule II controlled substances.

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