Legislature votes to repeal Alaska legislation together with veterinarians in opioid monitoring

The Alaska Legislature has reversed a seven-year-old legislation that requires veterinarians to take part within the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. 

The state Senate voted 19-0 on Friday to approve the repeal measure, Home Invoice 56. The Home beforehand voted 35-1 to approve the invoice, which now returns to the chamber for a procedural vote earlier than advancing to the inbox of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Sponsored by Rep. Justin Ruffridge, R-Soldotna, HB 56 was the results of years of lobbying by veterinarians, who argued that their inclusion within the prescription drug program didn’t make sense and will create privateness issues.

Veterinarians aren’t sure by the Well being Insurance coverage Portability and Accountability Actthe  — the federal legislation governing medical privateness — and inclusion within the drug monitoring program meant that they had entry to the medical data belonging to the house owners of the animals they handled.

“This can be a main privateness concern,” mentioned Sen. Löki Tobin, D-Anchorage and the invoice’s Senate sponsor.

Tobin additionally famous that veterinarians prescribe comparatively few opioid medicine, which creates little danger that these medicine could also be abused.

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