New York Enacts Drug Take-Back Law: New Requirements for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Certain Pharmacies

July 18, 2018

  New York just took its reliance on the voluntary disposal of unused drugs a step further, enacting legislation that requires: (i) pharmaceutical manufacturers to establish formal drug take-back programs, and (ii) chain pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies to provide for the safe collection of drugs (both prescription and non-prescription) by providing consumers with on-site collection, …

New York Expands Medical Marijuana Program as Alternative to Opioids

July 17, 2018

  The New York State Department of Health issued emergency regulations that took effect on July 12, 2018, to expand the conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed. Practitioners registered with the Department of Health may issue certifications for the use of an approved medical marijuana product for patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder …

New York State Authorizes Advanced Home Health Aides

July 12, 2018

  Amendments to the New York Public Health Law and Education Law authorize a Registered Nurse (RN) to assign advanced tasks to a certified home health aide who has obtained additional training and certification as an “Advanced Home Health Aide” (“AHHA”).  The law took effect on May 28, 2018 and the Department of Health and …

Connecticut Expands Use of Telehealth to Allow Prescribing of Certain Controlled Substances

July 2, 2018

  SB 302, which took effect on July 1, 2018, now allows telehealth providers to prescribe any schedule II or III controlled substance, except opioids, for the treatment of a person with a psychiatric disability or substance use disorder, including medication-assisted treatment.  “Medication-assisted treatment” is defined in the law as the use of medications approved …

ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits are on the Rise

June 15, 2018

  In order to avoid litigation, companies should review their websites for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In addition to ensuring that their premises and equipment are accessible to persons with restricted mobility and that patients who are deaf receive appropriate accommodations to ensure that they can effectively communicate regarding their medical …