Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2019
Sen. Carrie Hicks
Governor signs bill allowing pharmacies to extend life-saving
prescriptions on emergency basis
Gov. Kevin Stitt has given his approval to legislation
ensuring citizens can get emergency refills on life-saving prescriptions.
Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, is the principal author of Senate Bill
1019. The House principal author is Rep. T.J. Marti, R-Broken Arrow.
Hicks said the legislation sets out the guidelines for pharmacists
to prescribe emergency refills of specific kinds of medication if
the patient’s doctor cannot be reached after a prescription
“There are certain chronic medical conditions that can quickly
become extremely dangerous without prescription medication. As the
mother of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, it’s something I understand
all too well,” Hicks said. “Ensuring emergency access
to a drug like insulin can save lives.”
Hicks said beyond helping people with diabetes, the measure would
also allow emergency refills for medications for other chronic health
conditions including seizures, asthma and heart conditions. The
bill does not apply to narcotics.
Under SB 1019, a pharmacist could dispense an emergency 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.
“I commend Senator Hicks for her work on and passion for
SB1019,” Marti said. “From a pharmacist standpoint,
this legislation is long overdue. SB1019 will save lives in Oklahoma,
and that alone makes the hard work involved in passing this great
legislation worth it.”
The new law will take effect November 1, 2019.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Hicks: (405) 521-5543