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Substitute House Bill No. 6507

Public Act No. 03-116

AN ACT IMPROVING PHARMACY CARE TO RESIDENTS OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 17b-363a of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (g) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (g) The Commissioner of Social Services, in consultation with the pharmacy review panel established in section 17b-362a, shall update and expand by June 30, 2003, and annually thereafter, the list of drugs that are included in the drug return program. Such list shall include the fifty drugs with the highest average wholesale price that meet the requirements for the program, as established in subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2003) The Commissioner of Social Services may, within available appropriations, provide reimbursement to pharmacies or pharmacists for services provided to residents in long-term care facilities, including (1) residential care homes, nursing homes or rest homes, as defined in section 19a-490 of the general statutes, (2) residential facilities for mentally retarded persons, as defined in section 17a-231 of the general statutes, or (3) facilities served by assisted living services agencies, as defined in section 19a-490 of the general statutes, in addition to those reimbursements provided in chapter 319v of the general statutes, provided such services improve the quality of care to residents of such facilities and produce cost savings to the state, as determined by the commissioner. Such services may include, but not be limited to, emergency and delivery services provided such services are offered on all medications, including intravenous therapy, twenty-four hours per day and seven days per week.

Approved June 18, 2003