In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) introduced this bill to clarify rules related to transporting and administering controlled substances for traveling physicians:
“As we have seen in the news lately, the rules for traveling physicians are not clearly defined. I am working to provide necessary guidance to clarify the requirements of physicians whose jobs inherently require transporting controlled substances. In addition to providing much needed clarity, this measure will also increase oversight to ensure physicians are appropriately administering controlled substances to their patients. I believe this is an extremely important issue for all doctors, sports doctors in particular, and this bill will provide them with the opportunity to provide their athletes and patients with much needed medical care under the authority of the DEA.”
This legislation was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a voice vote.
Of Note: The NCAA, the primary governing body for college athletics, released a guidance for member institutions who have physicians traveling with teams across state lines to clear up confusion surrounding state and federal laws. DEA regulations only allow controlled substances to be prescribed, stored and dispensed from locations cleared with the agency. So in the NCAA's case, athletic trainers or team doctors at member schools could be accused of violating the law by transporting and administering controlled substances outside of their home state.
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