TMA Legislative Hotline

Hotline is a daily electronic newsletter exclusively for TMA members that reports the legislature's latest actions on bills affecting Texas medicine.

Legislative Top 10: Efforts to Curb Opioid Abuse Await Governor

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Motivated to act by the ongoing national opioid crisis, the 86th Texas Legislature worked to limit how the powerful drugs are prescribed. 

Today's Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline video reports on the bill that emerged –   House Bill 3284 by Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville) – and describes new prescribing rules for Texas physicians. 

If Gov. Greg Abbott signs HB 3284, doctors still will have to check the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database before prescribing, but lawmakers pushed back the deadline to do so from Sept. 1, 2019, to March 1, 2020, TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst says. 

Although the original bill proposed a seven-day limit on opioid prescriptions, Mr. Whitehurst says TMA and others persuaded lawmakers to increase the number of dosage days under the new law. 

Watch that and more in today's fourth brief "Top 10" video summary of key issues this session. 

TMA also produced a video with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy showing how to register for the PMP

The PMP is catching on. A new American Medical Association report released today shows Texas has seen a threefold increase in physicians and providers who have signed up to use the state database in four years, and they queried the database more than 8 million times in 2018.