Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 21, 2019
Sen. Carri Hicks
Senate approves bill allowing
pharmacies to extend life-saving prescriptions on emergency basis
The full Senate has approved legislation to make sure citizens can
get emergency refills on life-saving prescriptions. Sen. Carri
Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, is the author of Senate Bill 1019, which
was passed unanimously on Thursday. She said the legislation is
based on a statute from Ohio called Kevin’s Law, named for
36-year-old Kevin Houdeshell. A Type 1 diabetic, he ran out of insulin
but because of the New Year’s holiday, the pharmacist was
unable to reach his doctor to get authorization for a refill. Without
the insulin, his blood sugars skyrocketed sending him into diabetic
ketoacidosis, which was fatal.
Since Ohio approved Kevin’s Law in 2015, a handful of states
have adopted similar legislation. Hicks would like Oklahoma to be
“This piece of legislation is very personal for me. As the
mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes, it’s devastating to
think that a person could die as a result of not being able to get
an emergency prescription refill,” Hicks said. “It’s
a common sense approach that can save lives.”
Hicks said beyond helping people with diabetes, the bill could
be life-saving by ensuring emergency access to medications for other
chronic health conditions including seizures, asthma and heart conditions.
Under SB 1019, a pharmacist could dispense up to a ninety-day supply
of the prescription under specific circumstances.
• The pharmacy must have a record of the prescription for
the drug prescribed in the name of the patient requesting it.
• If the prescription doesn’t provide for a refill or
it has expired and the pharmacist is unable to obtain authorization
for a refill.
• The pharmacist determines the drug is essential to sustain
the life of the patient or necessary for the continued therapy for
a chronic condition.
Hicks said the bill would not apply to narcotics. The bill now
moves to the House for further consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Hicks: (405) 521-5543