Medical synchronization bill advances

Legislators advanced a bill to select file Feb. 8 that would allow Nebraskans with multiple medical prescriptions to coordinate and collect all of their medication on the same day.

<a href='http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist20' target='_blank' title='Link to the website of Sen. John McCollister'>Sen. John McCollister</a>
Sen. John McCollister

Omaha Sen. John McCollister said he introduced LB442 to enable those needing medication to make one trip to the pharmacy each month.

LB442 would allow for medical synchronization if medication:
• is covered by the patient’s health benefit plan or has been approved by a formulary exception process;
• meets the prior authorization or utilization management criteria;
• treats a chronic illness;
• can be safely split into short-fill periods; and
• is not a Schedule II controlled substance.

“This synchronized approach would enhance pharmacy efficiency, improve health care outcomes and result in increased medication adherence,” McCollister said.

Senators voted 32-0 to advance the bill to select file.

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