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CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE DATABASE - LICENSING

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AMENDMENTS

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

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Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends licensing provisions in the Controlled Substance Database Act.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that an individual who is not a veterinarian, who obtains a new license to
             14      prescribe a controlled substance, shall, within 30 days after the day on which the
             15      individual obtains a license to prescribe a controlled substance from the Drug
             16      Enforcement Administration, register with the division to use the Controlled
             17      Substance Database;
             18          .    reinstates authority of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to
             19      take administrative action, under the Pharmacy Practice Act, for a violation of the
             20      Controlled Substance Database Act; and
             21          .    makes technical changes.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28          58-37f-401, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 287
             29          58-17b-504, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382


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             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 58-17b-504 is amended to read:
             33           58-17b-504. Penalty for unlawful or unprofessional conduct -- Fines -- Citations.
             34          (1) Any person who violates any of the unlawful conduct provisions of Subsection
             35      58-1-501 (1)(a)(i) and Subsections 58-17b-501 (7) and (11) is guilty of a third degree felony.
             36          (2) Any person who violates any of the unlawful conduct provisions of Subsection
             37      58-1-501 (1)(a)(ii), Subsections 58-1-501 (1)(b) through (e), and Section 58-17b-501 , except
             38      Subsections 58-17b-501 (7) and (11), is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             39          (3) (a) Subject to Subsection (5) and in accordance with Section 58-17b-401 , for acts
             40      of unprofessional or unlawful conduct, the division may:
             41          (i) assess administrative penalties; and
             42          (ii) take any other appropriate administrative action.
             43          (b) An administrative penalty imposed pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the
             44      General Fund as a dedicated credit to be used by the division for pharmacy licensee education
             45      and enforcement as provided in Section 58-17b-505 .
             46          (4) If a licensee has been convicted of violating Section 58-17b-501 prior to an
             47      administrative finding of a violation of the same section, the licensee may not be assessed an
             48      administrative fine under this chapter for the same offense for which the conviction was
             49      obtained.
             50          (5) (a) If upon inspection or investigation, the division concludes that a person has
             51      violated the provisions of Section 58-17b-501 or 58-17b-502 , Chapter 37, Utah Controlled
             52      Substances Act, Chapter 37f, Controlled Substance Database Act, Chapter 1, Division of
             53      Occupational and Professional Licensing Act, or any rule or order issued with respect to these
             54      provisions, and that disciplinary action is appropriate, the director or the director's designee
             55      from within the division shall promptly issue a citation to the person according to this chapter
             56      and any pertinent rules, attempt to negotiate a stipulated settlement, or notify the person to
             57      appear before an adjudicative proceeding conducted under Title 63G, Chapter 4,


             58      Administrative Procedures Act.
             59          (b) Any person who is in violation of the provisions of Section 58-17b-501 or
             60      58-17b-502 , Chapter 37, Utah Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 37f, Controlled Substance
             61      Database Act, Chapter 1, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Act, or any rule
             62      or order issued with respect to these provisions, as evidenced by an uncontested citation, a
             63      stipulated settlement, or a finding of violation in an adjudicative proceeding, may be assessed a
             64      fine pursuant to this Subsection (5) of up to $10,000 per single violation or up to $2,000 per
             65      day of ongoing violation, whichever is greater, in accordance with a fine schedule established
             66      by rule, and may, in addition to or in lieu of, be ordered to cease and desist from violating the
             67      provisions of Section 58-17b-501 or 58-17b-502 , Chapter 37, Utah Controlled Substances Act,
             68      Chapter 1, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Act, or any rule or order issued
             69      with respect to these provisions.
             70          (c) Except for an administrative fine and a cease and desist order, the licensure
             71      sanctions cited in Section 58-17b-401 may not be assessed through a citation.
             72          (d) Each citation shall be in writing and specifically describe with particularity the
             73      nature of the violation, including a reference to the provision of the chapter, rule, or order
             74      alleged to have been violated. The citation shall clearly state that the recipient must notify the
             75      division in writing within 20 calendar days of service of the citation in order to contest the
             76      citation at a hearing conducted under Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act.
             77      The citation shall clearly explain the consequences of failure to timely contest the citation or to
             78      make payment of any fines assessed by the citation within the time specified in the citation.
             79          (e) Each citation issued under this section, or a copy of each citation, may be served
             80      upon any person upon whom a summons may be served:
             81          (i) in accordance with the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure;
             82          (ii) personally or upon the person's agent by a division investigator or by any person
             83      specially designated by the director; or
             84          (iii) by mail.
             85          (f) If within 20 calendar days from the service of a citation, the person to whom the


             86      citation was issued fails to request a hearing to contest the citation, the citation becomes the
             87      final order of the division and is not subject to further agency review. The period to contest the
             88      citation may be extended by the division for cause.
             89          (g) The division may refuse to issue or renew, suspend, revoke, or place on probation
             90      the license of a licensee who fails to comply with the citation after it becomes final.
             91          (h) The failure of an applicant for licensure to comply with a citation after it becomes
             92      final is a ground for denial of license.
             93          (i) No citation may be issued under this section after the expiration of six months
             94      following the occurrence of any violation.
             95          Section 2. Section 58-37f-401 is amended to read:
             96           58-37f-401. Database registration required -- Penalties for failure to register.
             97          (1) Each individual, other than a veterinarian, who, on June 30, 2010, has a license to
             98      prescribe a controlled substance under Chapter 37, Utah Controlled Substances Act, but is not
             99      registered with the division to use the database shall, on or before September 30, 2010, register
             100      with the division to use the database.
             101          (2) Each individual who, on November 1, 2012, is registered with the division to use
             102      the database shall, on or before January 1, 2013, participate in the online tutorial and pass the
             103      online test described in Section 58-37f-402 .
             104          (3) (a) An individual who is not a veterinarian, who obtains a new license to prescribe
             105      a controlled substance under Chapter 37, Utah Controlled Substances Act, shall, within 30 days
             106      after the day on which the individual obtains a license to prescribe a controlled substance from
             107      the Drug Enforcement Administration, register with the division to use the database.
             108          [(3)] (b) [Beginning on July 1, 2010, an] An individual who is not a veterinarian may
             109      not [obtain or] renew a license to prescribe a controlled substance under Chapter 37, Utah
             110      Controlled Substances Act, unless the individual registers with the division to use the database.
             111          (4) Beginning on November 2, 2012, in order to register to use the database, the
             112      individual registering must participate in the online tutorial and pass the online test described
             113      in Section 58-37f-402 .


             114          (5) Failure by an individual to comply with the requirements of this section is grounds
             115      for the division to take the following actions in accordance with Section 58-1-401 :
             116          (a) refuse to issue a license to the individual;
             117          (b) refuse to renew the individual's license; or
             118          (c) revoke, suspend, restrict, or place on probation the license.
             119          (6) Beginning on July 1, 2010, the division shall, in accordance with Section
             120      63J-1-504 , impose an annual database registration fee on an individual who registers to use the
             121      database, to pay the startup and ongoing costs of the division for complying with the
             122      requirements of this section and Section 58-37f-402 .
             123          Section 3. Effective date.
             124          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             125      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             126      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             127      the date of veto override.


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