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  • NJ A3983
  • Authorizes pharmacists to dispense up to 90-day supply of certain prescription drugs.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill authorizes pharmacists to dispense up to a 90-day supply of certain prescription drugs pursuant to a valid prescription. Specifically, the bill would apply to prescriptions that authorize an initial quantity of less than a 90-day supply of the prescription drug, followed by periodic refills. The patient will be required to have completed an initial 30-day supply of the drug, unless the prescription is continuing a drug for which the patient was previously dispensed a 90-day supply. The bill would not apply to controlled dangerous substances, and would not authorize the total amount dispensed to exceed the total amount authorized under the prescription, including refills. The pharmacist will be required to notify the prescriber of the increased supply dispensed, and a pharmacist will not be permitted to dispense increased quantities of prescription drugs under the bill if the prescriber has explicitly indicated on the prescription that dispensing the medication in an initial amount, followed by periodic refills, is medically necessary, or has otherwise indicated that there is to be no change to the quantities authorized by the prescription. Frequently, prescriptions are issued in a format that authorizes an initial amount followed by refills at specified intervals, and sometimes require that refills be authorized by the prescriber. Studies have suggested that the delays and inconvenience of this system may reduce compliance with prescription drug regimens, potentially exacerbating a patient's health condition and resulting in increased health care costs. It is the sponsor's belief that allowing 90-day supplies of certain prescription medications to be dispensed will help ensure prescription compliance and improve health care outcomes in New Jersey.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 6/20/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/20/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
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