On November 2, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304), following Senate passage of the bill on October 24. This activity has paved the way for this important legislation to now become law. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), will allow emergency medical services to continue to use standing orders to administer controlled substances, including lifesaving medications, to patients in need of emergency care. The use of standing orders has been standard practice by EMS agencies for more than 40 years.
ENA has supported this legislation since 2016, and designated it as a priority request at Day on the Hill in 2016 and 2017. Critical advocacy efforts through the EN411 Action Network resulted in more than 600 letters being sent to members of the U.S. House and Senate in support of the legislation.