The End of Life Option Act applies to adults 18 and older with a terminal illness that is likely to cause death within 6 months. The patient must also have the capacity to make his or her own medical decisions and self-administer the drug.

The act states that those who can dispense the lethal medication, plus additional medication to minimize the patient’s discomfort, include a licensed pharmacist who receives the written prescriptions personally, by mail, or electronically.

The pharmacist may dispense the drug to the patient, attending physician, or another person designated by the individual, according to the bill, by personal delivery, or, with a signature required on delivery, by United Parcel Service, United States Postal Service, Federal Express, or by messenger service.

End of Life Choices California provides information and personal support regarding California's End of Life Option Act and all other legal end-of-life options to the medical community and to the public.