H.R.4836 - Veterans Safe Medications Act107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD-3] (Introduced 05/23/2002)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/02/2002 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4836 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)
Veterans Safe Medications Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to prescribe a policy for use by health care providers and pharmacies of the Department of Veterans Affairs of the practice of prescribing or dispensing tablet medication in a form that requires tablet splitting by the patient. Mandates that such policy shall allow tablet splitting only if: (1) a health care professional has determined that the patient has the mental and physical ability to use a tablet splitter; (2) the tablets are in a form referred to as "scored"; (3) the tablets are not sustained-release; (4) the tablets are intended to be taken every 48 hours or more frequently; and (5) an effective tablet splitter has been provided to the patient.
Introduced in House (05/23/2002)
Directs the Secretary to require that any adverse events directly attributable to tablet splitting be reported to the Under Secretary of Health on a monthly basis. Requires the Under Secretary to establish a national formulary of medications that have been approved for tablet splitting.