One week left: Six pro-pharmacy bills that still have a chance

One week left: Six pro-pharmacy bills that still have a chance

May 10, 2016

While only days remain in the legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly has made some progress toward improving our state’s pharmacy industry.

Lawmakers have passed a forward-looking bill that allows biosimilar medication substitutions in the state. Governor Jay Nixon must sign the bill for it to become law. The 2016 Budget (House Bill 2011, Appropriates money for the expenses, grants, and distributions of the Department of Social Services) has been signed by the Governor and is set on the House Calendar.

But like previous years, much work remains undone as we begin the final week of lawmaking. Below is a look at six pro-pharmacy bills, on five topics, that have a realistic chance—some more than others—of passage before 6 p.m. on May 13.

Please ask your House and Senate members to pass these bills.Rep. Holly Rehder is the sponsor of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program bill

1. House Bill 1892: PDMP

Missouri is the only state that lacks a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Not tracking dangerous drugs enables addictions, hurting families and our workforce. This bill would address the problem and is sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder.

2. Senate Bill 865: MAC Pricing / PBM 

Updated: 05/10/16 - This bill has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

This bill modifies provisions regarding licenses issued by the Board of Pharmacy and covered prescription benefits, delineates procedures for PBMs with regards to MAC lists, and requires health carriers to offer medication synchronization services. 

3. Senate Bill 973: 90-Day-Fill-At-Retail

This bill provides that a pharmacist may dispense varying quantities of maintenance medication.

Updated: 05/13/16 - This bill has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

4. Senate Bill 864: 90-Day-Fill-At-Retail

This bill provides that only a licensed pharmacist can determine to dispense an emergency supply of medication without the prescriber's authorization.

5. House Bill 1568: Naloxone

Updated: 05/10/16 - This bill has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

This bill allows physicians to prescribe naloxone to any individual to administer, in good faith, to another individual suffering from an opiate-induced drug overdose.

6. Senate Bill 794: Sales Tax Exemption

This bill creates a sales tax exemption for parts and accessories of certain types of medical equipment.

Updated: 05/13/16 - This bill has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

 
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