A bill to encourage pharmacists to add patient diagnoses to prescription labels cleared its first legislative hurdle on Monday.
Sponsoring Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, pitched SB203 as an educational tool to arm paramedics and emergency rooms with information they need to care for unresponsive patients. It's backed by emergency responders who say many of today's drugs are used for a diverse array of conditions.
"If we're called to a patient who is elderly and unconscious and there's no one around to give a good [medical] history, we go to the big box of medications that inevitably a patient has and sort through the clues," said Salt Lake City Fire Capt. Tony Allred. "If we find something like neurontin, which can be taken for a seizure disorder or basic nerve pain, knowing which sends us in different [treatment] directions."