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Substitute Bill No. 445

    January Session, 2017

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING FAIRNESS IN PHARMACY AND PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGER CONTRACTS.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) On and after January 1, 2018, no contract entered into in the state between a health carrier, as defined in section 38a-591a of the general statutes, pharmacy benefits manager, as defined in section 38a-479aaa of the general statutes, or any other entity and a pharmacist shall contain a provision prohibiting the pharmacist from disclosing any relevant information to an individual purchasing prescription medication, including, but not limited to, the cost of the prescription medication, actual reimbursement to the pharmacist for the sale of the prescription medication, efficacy of the prescription medication and the availability of any alternative medications that are less expensive than the prescription medication.

(b) On and after January 1, 2018, no individual in the state shall be required to make a payment for the services of a pharmacist or pharmacy in an amount greater than the pharmacist or pharmacy may retain for such services from all payment sources.

(c) Any provision of a contract that violates the provisions of this section shall be unenforceable and constitute an unfair trade practice pursuant to chapter 735a of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

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Joint Favorable Subst.

 

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Joint Favorable