(November 21, 2017) – On November 17th, President Trump signed the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act into law. The legislation, which was introduced as H.R. 304 by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8), clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under “standing orders”. Senator Bill Cassidy (LA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate.
At the spring meeting of the Congressional Fire Service Institute’s National Advisory Committee, the committee unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Volunteer Fire Council calling on CFSI to support passage of the legislation.