Community Pharmacy Access Legislation Sent to Governor, Says Hennessey
10/18/2012
HARRISBURG – Legislation that has been in development for several years providing consumers a choice to use either retail community pharmacy services or mail order pharmacy services has cleared both chambers of the General Assembly, and has been sent to Gov. Tom Corbett, said Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester) today.

“This bill has taken on several forms and is a concept I advanced in the House and worked with the Senate to achieve its final passage, and I am gratified for this,” said Hennessey. “This process started with my House Bill 511, and with the cooperation of the Senate and many stakeholders, ended up in final form as Senate Bill 201. The unanimous final vote in the House and Senate indicates the strength of the agreements reached on this issue.”

The new law will create a level playing field so that community retail pharmacies may enter into a network, and have the ability to offer the same terms and conditions, such as discounts and other incentives that mail order pharmacies offer..

Hennessey said this provision will apply only if the retail pharmacy is willing to accept the same pricing, terms and conditions that an insurer has established for the mail order pharmacy. In addition, the law will require a study be performed by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee evaluating the impact of costs on individuals, independent and chain retail locations and health care plans.

“I am very pleased that the Senate included this accountability mechanism in Senate Bill 201, which will give the Legislature the ability to ensure that the law does, in fact, do what we believe it will do,” said Hennessey.

The study on the impact would be conducted 18 months after the law goes into effect.

“There are many seniors and others who rely on local community pharmacies to help them with health care decisions, and don’t want to have to deal with a telephone or mail-order operation,” said Hennessey. “This is a good law that will aid in the delivery of pharmaceutical services and products to our citizens.”

State Representative Tim Hennessey
26th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
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