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San Diego, CA (January 13,
2016) — Yesterday, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) joined by Reps. G.K.
Butterfield (D-NC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Joe Heck, M.D.
(R-NV), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced
legislation that ensures the continued
ability of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners to administer
controlled substances to countless individuals who are sick or injured enough
to need them.
President Jane H. Brice, MD, MPH stated,
“NAEMSP® strongly supports Rep. Hudson’s legislation and applauds the
Congressman’s leadership on this vital legislation. The legislation ensures that life-saving EMS
professionals are able to deliver emergency medication to the patients that so
desperately need them.”
According to Congressman Hudson, "Without this
solution, we risk sacrificing quality emergency care and endangering patients
simply because law and regulation have not kept up with the evolution of modern
medicine. My legislation is an important clarification of law that allows
our first responders to continue administering life-saving medications to
patients when they need them most."
unique nature of EMS is unlike other health care services governed by the
Controlled Substances Act (CSA). There is a demonstrated clinical need for
administering controlled substance medications, such as to treat active
seizures or administer pain medicine. Updating the CSA to recognize the
existing delivery model of EMS is essential to protect patients. It will
provide the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) a firm statutory foundation
from which to oversee the use of controlled substances in field EMS and prevent
drug diversion while ensuring essential medicines are provided to patients in
looks forward to working with Rep. Hudson to enact the “Protecting Patient
Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016.”
following organizations support passage of H.R. 4365:
Ambulance Association (AAA)
of Air Medical Services (AAMS)
of Critical Care Transport (ACCT)
College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Association of Emergency Medical Physicians® (NAEMSP®)
National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)