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Louisiana HB 568 Passes this Morning 94 to 0

Thursday, May 14, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
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Breaking News: Louisiana House Bill 568, introduced by state Representative Ledricka Thierry, passed this morning in the Louisiana House of Delegates, unopposed 94-0, with 20 co-authors.


HB 568 enables the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to investigate and take disciplinary action against a pharmacy that has financial arrangements with doctors and other prescribers that jeopardize patients' freedom-of-choice and could lead to increased health care billings.


The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and its board endorsed this legislation, with David G. Miller, IACP Executive Vice President and CEO, presenting pharmacy's perspective before the Louisiana House of Delegates last week.


Adds, Mr. Miller in a press release on May 12th, "As the professional organization representing compounding pharmacists in Louisiana and nationwide, IACP has serious concerns about recent financially motivated marketing schemes that are apparently aimed at taking advantage of patients. These schemes are led by third-party marketing companies, not pharmacists, and they are not representative of the compounding profession. They add unnecessary cost and can compromise patient health. They are detrimental to the vital health care services we provide every day.


We hope the newly passed Louisiana bill will serve as a model for other states."


Please click here to read IACP's press release (May 12th) regarding HB 568.



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