Gov. Nixon signs executive order to ensure continuity of medical care for Joplin tornado victims whose health records were lost in widespread wreckage | Governor Jay Nixon

Gov. Nixon signs executive order to ensure continuity of medical care for Joplin tornado victims whose health records were lost in widespread wreckage

May 24, 2011
Temporary order will protect public health by allowing out-of-state physicians to treat Joplin patients, and for pharmacists to provide critical medications for those whose records are missing
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today signed Executive Order 11-10 to help ensure continuity of medical care for Missourians whose records were lost or destroyed in the devastating tornado that struck Joplin on Sunday. The order temporarily waives regulations to allow out-of-state physicians to care for Missouri patients, and allows pharmacists to continue to provide essential medication for patients whose medical records are missing.

"This order will ensure that thousands of individuals in the Joplin area whose prescriptions were lost or destroyed, and whose records are not available, will continue to receive prescribed medications to protect their health and safety," Gov. Nixon said. "This also will ensure continuity of care by doctors, nurses, medical professionals and pharmacists. As recovery efforts proceed, my administration will continue to make available every tool and resource to help this community rebuild, and to protect the public's health."

Executive Order 11-10 allows the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Board of Pharmacy to temporarily waive certain rules and regulations, allowing medical practitioners responding to Joplin to prescribe, dispense and administer medications.