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Amendment

 

January Session, 2017

LCO No. 6440

   
 

*SB0044506440SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 445

File No. 519

Cal. No. 295

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

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) On and after January 1, 2018, no contract for pharmacy services 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 or penalizing a pharmacist's disclosure to an individual purchasing prescription medication of information regarding (1) the cost of the prescription medication to the individual, or (2) the availability of any therapeutically equivalent alternative medications or alternative methods of purchasing the prescription medication, including, but not limited to, paying a cash price, that are less expensive than the cost of the prescription medication to the individual.

(b) On and after January 1, 2018, no individual in the state shall be required to make a payment for a prescription medication in an amount greater than the amount the pharmacist or pharmacy may retain for such prescription medication from all payment sources, including, but not limited to, any dispensing fee.

(c) Any provision of a contract that violates the provisions of subsection (a) 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