STATEHOUSE (June 9, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb this week ceremonially signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) modernizing pharmacy law in Indiana and increasing access to pharmacy services by Hoosiers and increasing penalties for pharmacy robberies involving controlled substances.
According to the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, Indiana leads the nation in pharmacy robberies. From 2013 to 2016, 367 robberies were committed with 400,000 doses of medication being stolen. This new policy increases the felony levels under current law for robbery to the next level if the defendant is robbing a pharmacy instead of any other business or another person.
“Another important part of this new law is the optimization of medication synchronization,” Davisson said. “If a patient is on five or six medications, they may have to go to the pharmacy multiple times to pick up their prescriptions. This requires insurance companies to allow for partial copays so pharmacists can sync up a patient’s medication pickups. This provides for greater patient convenience and compliance which results in better health outcomes.”
The law also allows the State Health Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health to issue a statewide standing order to allow pharmacists to administer immunizations to individuals 11 years of age and older as well as potentially increasing patient access to smoking cessation products. Pharmacists already provide some immunizations under independent protocols developed with physicians, but a standing order through the ISDH would allow pharmacists to operate under a statewide, consistent protocol as well as providing all the immunizations recommended by the CDC for pharmacist administration. Davisson said immunization rates and tobacco use are two of the biggest health issues that affect the overall health of our state and improving access will improve health and reduce health care costs for our state.
This law will also authorize telepharmacy to bring pharmacy services to small rural communities that currently lack access to those services. Communities that are at least 10 miles from the nearest brick and mortar pharmacy are eligible for telepharmacy services from a supervisory pharmacy.
Davisson added this legislation will give pharmacists greater freedom to practice the skills they were trained for to provide greater consumer service and access.
For more information on this new law, visit iga.in.gov.
Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County and parts of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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