Ohio Senate passes legislation allowing pharmacists to provide life-saving medication

The Ohio Senate on June 25 passed Senate Bill 141, which would make it easier for people to obtain life-saving drugs in the event of an emergency. The bill was put to vote after 36-year old Kevin Houdeshell, who had diabetes, died when his prescription for insulin expired New Year's Eve weekend in 2014.

The Ohio Senate on June 25 passed Senate Bill 141, which would make it easier for people to obtain life-saving drugs in the event of an emergency. The bill was put to vote after 36-year old Kevin Houdeshell, who had diabetes, died when his prescription for insulin expired New Year's Eve weekend in 2014. He was denied access to insulin by his pharmacy because he needed a prescription from his doctor—and since it was a holiday weekend, he was not able to secure the medication. The new legislation covers medication for diabetes, asthma, and cardiac problems. Narcotics and analgesics are not covered. Pharmacists would be able to distribute insulin in the event of an emergency, but the bill does not give them the power to refill a prescription without a doctor's request.