Patients would be able to sync their medications in MO House measure.
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Patients would be able to sync their medications in MO House measure.

Date: April 16, 2014
By: Jeffrey Militzer
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 2145

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Patients with chronic conditions requiring many medications would be allowed to get all of their medications at the same time if a measure passes.
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Wrap: The Missouri House Committee on Health care Policy heard testimony on a measure that would allow patients to coordinate their drug renewals at the pharmacy.

The bill's sponsor Republican Representative Lynn Morris says it would allow patients with chronic conditions requiring several medications to get their drugs all at the same time.

Morris says the goal is to have these people making fewer trips to their pharmacist's office.

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Description: "This law would allow us to short fill prescriptions where we can group them all together where the person could come in once a month. It makes perfect sense."

Insurance company lobbyists said they are against the bill as it is written because it would cause logistical problems and cost overruns.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jeffrey Militzer.

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Insurance company representatives are against a measure that would allow patients to get their medications coordinated to one pharmacy visit per month.
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Wrap: Medical insurance company representatives say a measure being heard by the Missouri House Committee on Health care Policy would cause problems for people.

Representative for the American Insurance Coalition Shannon Cooper said this measure would risk the stabilization of patients.

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Description: "Often times it takes 90 to 120 days to get an individual stabilized and on a prescription that works for them and we want to make sure they have a regimen that is in operating before we try to synchronize it."

The measure would allow patients with chronic conditions to get all of their medications at the same time and reduce the number of trips they need to make to the pharmacy.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jeffrey Militzer.


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