Legislative

Mississippi Update 4/04/2017

Posted on Apr 04, 2017

A plethora of bills, that would have directly or indirectly impacted pharmacy, died in committee.  Many of these were amendments to existing acts.  A couple of the bills left us scratching our heads.  Failure on attempts to have pharmacists reimbursed for services and for partial day-supply resulting from medication-synching, were unfortunate.  However, we are hopeful that these items will be revisited in the 2018 legislature.
Here are the bills that will become law, having been signed by Governor Phil Bryant.
HB 996 Opioid antagonists; authorize standing orders to pharmacies to dispense to persons without individual prescriptions.
HB 1032 Prescription Monitoring Program; require all health care providers authorized to prescribe drugs to register with.
HB 2610 Cannabidiol; clarify use in research of seizures and other medical conditions.
 

Missouri

Posted on Apr 04, 2017

4/03/2017    Missouri House Passes Prescription Drug Tracking Program
House members, in a vote of 102-54, have passed a bill, which if signed into law, will make Missouri the last state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program.

Arkansas

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

HB 2190 has passed the Arkansas House and Senate and moves on to the Governor for signature.  If signed into law, this legislation will amend the “Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016.”  Some key components of the bill, are requirements that dispensaries sell vaping equipment and employee pharmacist consultants.  The bill also includes a provision to protect the pharmacist from any liability.