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Governor Ivey Signs Two Bills that Impact Pharmacy

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Governor Kay Ivey Signs Two Bills that Impact Pharmacy

August 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montgomery, Ala. – Monday, in a ceremonial bill signing at the Alabama State Capitol, Governor Kay Ivey marked the passage of two bills that impact pharmacists and the patients they serve. The Governor signed HB35 Collaborative Practice Act, and SB73 PBM Licensure and Regulation Act.  The Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA) was largely focused on these two bills during the 2019 legislative session. The organization’s membership has sought both for several years.

HB35, sponsored by Rep. Ron Johnson and Sen. Tom Butler, authorizes a pharmacist licensed by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and a physician licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners to enter into a collaborative practice agreement to coordinate care that pharmacists are trained to provide, and that research has shown improves the health outcomes of patients. Alabama is the forty-ninth state to enact Collaborative Practice. (Act 2019-368)

SB73, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, requires that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) register with the Alabama Insurance Commissioner and be licensed if doing business in the state. It allows pharmacists to disclose the price of prescription drugs if the cash price would be lower than the patient’s co-pay. Previously, PBM contracts with pharmacies did not allow this transparency.  The act also prohibits PBMs from clawing back over-charges paid at the point of sale.  (Act 2019-457)

APA appreciates all the time and effort made by its members, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, the Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists, and American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. to pass these bills. APA members in attendance at the ceremony were Cole Sandlin, Kelli Newman, Bill Eley, Louise Jones, Dave Brackett, Sam Costello, Tim Martin, Cara Leos, Jonathan Fowler, Ralph Sorrell, Bobby Giles, and Ron Johnson.

The Alabama Pharmacy Association is a nonprofit professional organization with over 2,500 members statewide. The APA offers continuing education programs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and members take a leading role in lobbying for pharmacy at the state and national level. The APA was established in 1881 and is the oldest professional organization for pharmacy in the state. APA members represent all practices of pharmacy and are committed to their profession and their patients.

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Those representing pharmacy at the bill signing Monday stand with Governor Ivey, from left, Cole Sandlin, Kelli Newman, Bill Eley, Louise Jones, Dave Brackett, Sam Costello, Tim Martin, Cara Leos, Jonathan Fowler, Ralph Sorrell, Bobby Giles, and Ron Johnson.


 

 


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