Newest Laws and Effective Dates

Posted on May 23, 2018

New Laws that go into effect July 1, 2018
Governor Haslam’s Opioid Reform Bill is now Public Chapter 1039
Click on this infographic to view the prescriptions requirements for different days supply and the patients and prescribers that are exempt from these requirements.
Public Chapter 1015 prohibits the “gag clauses” in PBM contracts that have prevented pharmacists from discussing lower cost options with patients.
Public Chapter 615 Authorizes pharmacists to dispense emergency situations.
Public Chapter 617 establishes that a medication therapy management program is “pharmacist-provided”.
Public Chapter 978 Buprenorphine Clinic Restrictions
SB 2258/HB 1832 has passed but has not been signed into law yet.  However, it is scheduled to become effective 7/1/2018 and will make Gabapentin a Schedule V Controlled Substance.
New Laws effective January 1, 2019
Public Chapter 838  Requires PBMs to obtain a license through the state if doing business in Tennessee
Public Chapter 1007 will allow for the Partial Filling of Controlled Substances.

End of Session Summary for Tennessee

Posted on May 01, 2018

What Passed?
PBM Licensing Through TN Dept of Commerce and Insurance (SB 1852/HB 1857)
Effective Date: January 1, 2019
Senate Sponsor(s): Haile, Crowe, Bell, Yager, Jackson, Reeves
House Sponsor(s): Powers, Matlock, Keisling, Weaver, Calfee, Terry

Requires all pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) to obtain licensure and renew biennially through the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI)
Requires PBMs to demonstrate that they are able to transact in this state, are financially responsible, and have not had a prior license denied or revoked within five (5) years of the date the license is sought.
Requires PBMs to provide TDCI with the person or entity’s name, address, telephone number, and website address.
Requires PBMs to notify TDCI within 60 days of any change in PBM information.