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H.C.R. 5 Enrolled

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PATIENT- AND SAFETY-CENTERED PRESCRIPTION

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LABELS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Marie H. Poulson

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Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges prescribers,
             11      dispensers, manufacturers of drugs, health insurers, and government agencies generally
             12      to take specific steps to improve patient- and safety-centered prescription labels.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    urges individuals to assume primary responsibility for the proper and safe use,
             16      storage, and disposal of any drug prescribed to them, and to encourage their
             17      dispensers to provide adequate instruction on how to fulfill those responsibilities;
             18          .    urges the Utah Pharmacy Board, the Utah Pharmacists Association, and other
             19      related groups to meet regularly during 2011 to develop a prescription label format
             20      that is patient- and safety-centered;
             21          .    urges the Utah Pharmacy Board and the Utah Pharmacists Association to provide
             22      project updates and present the improved prescription label format to the
             23      Legislature's Health and Human Services Interim Committee; and
             24          .    urges federal, state, and local agencies to continue working to reduce prescription
             25      drug misuse, addiction, and drug-related death, to develop campaigns to educate the
             26      public about the dangers of prescription drug misuse, to promote the proper disposal
             27      of partially used or expired prescriptions, to continue developing drop-off sites and
             28      other secure and environmentally friendly methods for disposing of unused
             29      prescription drugs, and to continue promoting the availability and use of programs


             30      that treat prescription drug addiction.
             31      Special Clauses:
             32          None
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             34      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             35          WHEREAS, the misuse of prescription drugs increases the likelihood of a negative
             36      physical reaction, dependency, addiction, overdose, and death;
             37          WHEREAS, individuals, as consumers of prescription drugs, should assume the
             38      primary responsibility for the proper and safe use, storage, and disposal of any drug prescribed
             39      to them;
             40          WHEREAS, dispensers of prescription drugs should provide adequate instructions to
             41      consumers on how to fulfill their responsibilities regarding the safe use, storage, and disposal
             42      of prescription drugs;
             43          WHEREAS, patient- and safety-centered prescription labels decrease the chance for
             44      misuse of prescribed drugs;
             45          WHEREAS, patient- and safety-centered labels should include improved directions for
             46      use with wording that is easily understood by a non-medical professional or individual;
             47          WHEREAS, properly and safely storing prescription medications reduces the potential
             48      for misuse, abuse, and theft;
             49          WHEREAS, properly disposing of unused medications, by the expiration date, reduces
             50      the potential for misuse, abuse, and theft; and
             51          WHEREAS, prescribers, dispensers, manufacturers, health insurers, and government
             52      agencies are each in a position to improve prescription drug patient safety:
             53          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             54      Governor concurring therein, urge individuals, as consumers of prescription drugs, to assume
             55      the primary responsibility for the proper and safe use, storage, and disposal of any drug
             56      prescribed to them, and to encourage their prescription drug dispensers to provide adequate
             57      instructions on how to fulfill those responsibilities.


             58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge the Utah
             59      Pharmacy Board, the Utah Pharmacists Association, and other related parties to meet during
             60      2011 to design a prescription label that is patient-centered and contains directions for safe use,
             61      including the purpose of the medication, that employ simple and clear terms that can be easily
             62      understood by non-medical professionals or individuals and improved font types and sizes to
             63      meet the needs of those who are visually impaired.
             64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge the Utah
             65      Pharmacy Board and the Utah Pharmacists Association to provide updates on the progress of
             66      this project and present the improved prescription label format to the Health and Human
             67      Services Interim Committee by November 2011.
             68          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge federal,
             69      state, and local agencies, as entities created to protect the public, to continue working, on their
             70      own and through multi-agency projects like the Utah Prescription Pain Medication
             71      Management and Education Program and the Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project, to
             72      reduce prescription drug misuse, addiction, and death, to continue developing campaigns such
             73      as "Use Only as Directed" and "Clean Out the Cabinet," to educate the public about the dangers
             74      of prescription drug misuse, the importance of reading the prescription drug label and using
             75      only as directed, to promote the disposal of partially used or expired prescriptions, to continue
             76      developing drop-off sites and other secure and environmentally friendly methods for disposing
             77      of unused prescription drugs, and to continue promoting the availability and use of programs
             78      that treat prescription drug addiction.
             79          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the resolution be sent to the Utah
             80      Pharmacy Board, the Utah Pharmacists Association, the Utah Medical Association, the Utah
             81      Nurse Practitioners Association, the Utah Food Industry Association, the Utah Retail
             82      Merchants Association, the Utah Health Insurance Association, the Employers Council, the
             83      ERISA Industry Committee, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the National
             84      Federation of Independent Business, the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, the
             85      Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, the Utah Department of Health, the Utah


             86      Department of Human Services, the Utah Association of Local Health Departments, and the
             87      United States Department of Health and Human Services.


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