HB 1927 by *Jones

Drugs, Prescription - As introduced, imposes requirements on physicians who prescribe drugs to treat erectile dysfunction; excludes erectile dysfunction drugs from coverage under state employee group insurance plan; prohibits state fund being expended on those drugs unless required by federal law. - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 9 and Title 53.
  • Bill History
  • Amendments
  • Video
  • Summary
  • Fiscal Note
  • Votes
  • Actions For HB1927Date
    Failed in s/c Health Subcommittee of Health Committee03/01/2016
    Placed on s/c cal Health Subcommittee for 3/1/201602/24/2016
    Action Def. in s/c Health Subcommittee to 3/1/201602/23/2016
    Placed on s/c cal Health Subcommittee for 2/23/201602/17/2016
    Assigned to s/c Health Subcommittee01/27/2016
    P2C, ref. to Health Committee--Insurance & Banking01/25/2016
    Sponsor(s) withdrawn.01/21/2016
    Intro., P1C.01/21/2016
    Filed for intro.01/20/2016
    Actions For SB2292Date
    Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Health and Welfare Committee01/25/2016
    Introduced, Passed on First Consideration01/21/2016
    Filed for introduction01/21/2016
  • No amendments for HB1927.
    No amendments for SB2292.

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  • Fiscal Summary

    Increase State Expenditures - Net Impact - $267,500 Increase Local Expenditures - Net Impact - $15,800*


    Bill Summary

    This bill establishes procedures for physicians prescribing medication to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and prohibits the state employee group insurance plan and the state budget from covering and appropriating funds for such medication.

    This bill prohibits a person other than a physician from issuing to a patient a prescription for a drug intended to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction. This bill requires a physician, before issuing such a prescription, to do the following:

    (1) Obtain from the patient a notarized affidavit in which at least one of the patient's sexual partners affirms that the patient has experienced symptoms of erectile dysfunction during the 90 days preceding the affidavit's date, if he has never been married, emancipated by a court, or otherwise freed from the care, custody, and control of his parents;
    (2) Conduct a cardiac stress test and obtain a result, described in writing, indicating that the patient's cardiac health is compatible with sexual activity;
    (3) Notify the patient in writing of the potential risks and complications associated with taking drugs intended to treat erectile dysfunction, as well as provide alternatives to erectile dysfunction medications, counseling regarding erectile dysfunction, and possible physical and psychological risks of taking erectile dysfunction medications, and obtain the patient's signature on a form acknowledging the patient's receipt of the notification; and
    (4) Provide a written statement, under penalty of perjury, that the drug the physician is prescribing is necessary to treat the patient's symptoms of erectile dysfunction, which includes the physician's medical rationale for issuing the prescription.

    This bill prohibits a physician from prescribing erectile dysfunction medications for men who are able to become partially erect. This bill additionally prohibits physicians from issuing a prescription for a drug intended to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction any sooner than 48 hours after the patient provides written acknowledgement of receipt of the notification required in (3).

    To ensure the continued health of a patient to whom such a prescription for a drug intended to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction has been issued as part of the patient's course of treatment, including treatment by issuing a prescription for one or more refills of the drug originally prescribed to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction, or the prescription of another drug for that purpose, the physician must:

    (1) Require the patient to be seen in-person by the physician in an office visit for prescribing each refill;
    (2) Require the patient to undergo a cardiac stress test every 90 days while the patient is taking the drug to ensure that the patient's cardiac health continues to be compatible with sexual activity; and
    (3) Require the patient to attend three sessions of outpatient counseling within a period of not less than six months after the drug initially is prescribed to ensure the patient's understanding of the dangerous side effects of drugs intended to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and which counseling includes information on nonpharmaceutical treatments for erectile dysfunction, including sexual counseling and resources for patients to pursue celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.

    Under this bill, physicians and hospitals may not be coerced to prescribe erectile dysfunction medications.

    This bill prohibits the state group insurance plan for employees from covering drugs intended to treat erectile dysfunction as a benefit. This bill also prohibits
    state funds from being expended to pay for drugs prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction unless the expenditure for the drug is required by federal law.

  • FiscalNote for HB1927/SB2292 filed under HB1927
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

              HB1927 by Jones - HOUSE HEATH SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Failed in s/c Health Subcommittee of Health Committee 3/1/2016
              Voice Vote - Nays Prevail

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    Votes for Bill SB2292 by the Senate are not available.