New Pharmacy Laws Now in Effect!
As we previously reported, in December Governor John Kasich signed several pieces of pharmacy legislation into law. Now this week, those bills become law. See below for information on the new laws taking effect.
HB 394: Immunization Access Expansion - Effective March 19!
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The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has also released a guidance document so that pharmacies can be sure they are compliance with the law. That document link can be accessed here,2013_layout_interior.
OPA is working on a supplemental home-study article for pharmacists & pharmacy interns whose previous training did not include the additional vaccines and diseases. Once the home-study is approved by the board of pharmacy, it will be available for purchase on the OPA website, www.ohiopharmacists.org. OPA is updating its current draft protocols to reflect the changes and is creating draft protocols for the additional vaccines that pharmacists and pharmacy interns will be able to administer. The new protocol package will also be available for purchase on the OPA website.
SB 258: Pharmacy audit standards - Effective March 23!
SB 258, the fair pharmacy audit act goes into law on March 23. The act, which passed through both Senate and House chambers unanimously, establishes standards for the performance of pharmacy audits by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and other auditing entities. SB 258 will make auditors subject to reasonable standards by placing guidelines on when and how audits are conducted. These standards include:
Note: A pharmacy can also do any of the following when a pharmacy audit is performed:
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With the new law going into effect this week, please keep these provisions in mind moving forward. OPA members who are subject to an audit and feel that the new law is not being followed, should contact Antonio Ciaccia at OPA at email@example.com.
HB 326: Diabetic Shoe Fitting - Effective March 23!
HB 326 addresses a severe lack of diabetic shoe fitters in Ohio by allowing pharmacists and pharmacy interns to offer diabetic shoe fitting services to their patients. The act goes into effect on March 23.
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has also released a guidance document so that pharmacies can be sure they are compliance with the law. That document can be accessed here,2013_layout_interior..
These new laws are the end result of years of hard work by volunteers, collaborative organizations, and staff. We thank you - our OPA members - for your continued support. There's more to come.
Outside of the support of volunteers and members, and the work of OPA's legislative staff in building coalitions and meeting with legislators, supporting political campaigns is a huge part of the advocacy process. We need to build on these recent success by working towards even bigger goals in 2015. Please consider financial support of our legislative efforts by contributing to the OPA Pharmacy PAC. 100% of Pharmacy PAC money contributed by pharmacists goes to help candidates who support pharmacy in Ohio.