Our office previously released a Video Legal Briefing on December 7, 2023 discussing Matthew’s Law, which permitted health care professionals and pharmacists to dispense fentanyl testing supplies. Here is a link to the previous Video Legal Briefing:
As noted in the previous Video Legal Briefing, accompanying the new law was an approval memorandum from the Governor where she noted that the bill as drafted could imply that it was illegal to dispense drug adulterant testing supplies in any way other than as prescribed – and the legislation needed to be revised to clarify who could lawfully dispense these supplies. As a result of these issues, the Governor had reached an agreement with the Legislature to enact some forthcoming changes.
On January 26, 2024, Governor Hochul did sign a new bill into law containing those changes. To summarize, the new revisions accomplish the following:
(a) The revisions remove the word “controlled” from “controlled substance” in the definition of “drug adulterant testing supplies,” thereby expanding the scope of testing;
(b) The revisions remove the storage and some of the other provisions that limit access to the drug adulterant testing supplies;
(c) The revisions add language specifically noting that nothing in the new law shall require a license to distribute the drug adulterant testing supplies; and
(d) The revisions no longer mandate that the Commissioner of Health issue rules and regulations to implement the law but make such rules and regulations discretionary (“may make”).
These changes in the law take effect on the same date as the original law (December 17, 2023).
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