Davisson: Enabling pharmacies to better serve patients

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, March 22, 2019 4:30 pm

For many individuals, their quality of life relies heavily on how easily they can access vital medication. I am working on legislation to streamline the prescription process for Hoosiers and equip pharmacies to act more quickly and efficiently when filling prescriptions. 

Under Indiana law, pharmacies can currently transfer prescriptions to other pharmacies. However, some facilities have limiting regulations concerning the transfer of controlled substances like certain cough syrups, Tylenols and antibiotic steroids. Currently, if a pharmacy is running low on medication that is considered a controlled substance they will place a “hold” on the prescription or wait to fill it, leaving the patient without a way to receive their medication on time.

Under my legislation, patients would have the ability to request their prescriptions, even those that are a low class controlled substance, get transferred to a pharmacy that can fill it on time. This will make the process of obtaining an individual’s medication much quicker.

Additionally, this legislation would establish e-prescribing for controlled substances in Indiana. E-prescribing or electronic prescribing, is the prescription of medication electronically through a state health system. Under new federal legislation, prescribers will be required to move to an e-prescribing system in 2021.

E-prescribing practices improve patient safety and security and by removing the traditional prescribing methods like paper and over-the-phone. Additionally, this bill would make it easier for pharmacists to offer the best possible care to patients, enable them to check for dangerous drug interactions before filling prescriptions and crack down on doctor shopping by electronically tracking the legitimacy of the prescriptions a patient filled.

Hoosiers deserve timely access to the medication they rely on. This legislation will ensure that patients get the medicine they need quickly and introduce new ways to efficiently prescribe and track controlled medications. To learn more about Senate Bill 176, visit iga.in.gov. If you have any questions or input on this bill or other legislation, contact me at 312-232-9769 or h73@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,

Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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