COLUMBUS—Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced the Ohio House’s concurrence on legislation that will ensure patient access to insulin medications during medical emergencies.

The legislation followed the tragic death of 36-year-old Kevin Houdeshell of Avon Lake, Ohio. Mr. Houdeshell died just days after his insulin prescription ran out after he was unable to secure a refill from his pharmacy due to current regulations. A lapsed prescription and unfortunate timing resulted in Mr. Houdeshell's inability to receive the life-saving medication necessary.

Current regulations restrict the ability of pharmacists to fill emergency prescriptions often resulting in an urgent need for insulin for patients with diabetes. Under the legislation, pharmacists acting under a consult agreement would now be able to manage or modify prescriptions while limited to the terms of their agreement outlined by a physician.

"This is about ensuring quick and efficient access to medication in emergency situations that can ultimately save lives," said Rep. Manning. "It is my hope that this legislation would prevent a similar tragedy that the Houdeshell family faced with the loss of their son who was unable to secure an urgent refill."

As pharmacists take an increasingly active roles in their patients’ health, this legislation would allow patients and pharmacists to more effectively monitor health outcomes. The legislation does not give pharmacists independent prescriptive authority.

Current Ohio law states that pharmacists can only distribute 72 hours of emergency prescription medications.

House Bill 188, sponsored by Representatives Manning and Huffman, will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.

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