Proposition 106: Colorado End of Life Options Act
FAQs for Pharmacists
What is Proposition 106?
Proposition 106, the “Colorado End-of-Life Options Act,” was passed by 64% of Colorado voters in the November 2016 election and signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on December 16. The act allows individuals with a terminal illness with less than six months to live to request from their physician and self-administer aid-in-dying medication.
Who are eligible patients?
Patients must be a Colorado resident aged 18 or older. In order to receive a prescription for aid-in-dying medication, an individual must make two oral requests, at least 15 days apart, and a written request to their attending physician. The written request must be signed by the individual, witnessed by at least two individuals what can attest that the individual requesting the medication is mentally capable and acting voluntarily. The attending physician must determine the patient has a terminal illness with less than six months to live. The patient must be referred to a consulting physician for confirmation of the diagnosis. All of the above must be documented in the individual patient’s medical record. CPS is requesting that pharmacists involved with filling a prescription for an aid-in-dying medication be provided information/documentation that all requirements have been met.