STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2018) — The Senate Committee on Appropriations today supported legislation with a provision authored by State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) that could help consumers save money on their prescription medications.
Davisson authored an amendment to House Bill 1317 to ensure consumers are informed of other, more cost-effective options for medication.
“In a poll taken in 2016 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 26 percent of respondents said affording their prescription drugs was difficult,” Davisson said. “Purchasing medication should be straightforward in terms of pricing and options. If a more affordable option exists for the same medication, Hoosiers deserve to know that, and pharmacists should be empowered to tell them.”
According to Davisson, some drug benefit contracts currently contain so-called “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacies from informing patients they can purchase the same prescription at a lower price outside their benefit or insurance plan. Davisson’s amendment would create an “anti-gag clause” so pharmacists could freely offer other options.
“Pharmacists should have the ability to disclose and recommend better medication purchasing options to their customers,” said State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), the author of House Bill 1317. “I support the addition of these protections to my bill, and I appreciate Rep. Davisson’s leadership on this issue. It’s a necessary step to ensure patients have access to information and affordable prescriptions.”
House Bill 1317 can now be considered by the full Senate. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.
Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions
of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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