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Pharmacists: Part of the Solution

Rural and economically disadvantaged urban areas have less than half the rate of primary care physicians compared to wealthier urban areas, yet nearly 93% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy, many of which are open 12-16 (some 24)  hours a day, seven days a week.

The following legislation would provide greater access to healthcare for all Minnesotans by letting pharmacists be part of the solution.

Expand access to life-saving medications and treatment. (HF2635SF1960)

This legislation allows pharmacists to prescribe life-saving treatments such as opioid antagonists,tobacco cessation products, and hormonal contraceptives.

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Pharmacists: Part of the Solution

Access to physicians and clinics in Minnesota is challenging and often times a patient may live more than an hour from the prescriber of their medication. This makes access to administration of the medication even more challenging.

Expand access to medication administration throughout Minnesota. (SF1959)

Allowing pharmacists to administer medication injections and apply patches to patients will reduce patient burden, improve patient medication adherence, drastically increase the options for accessing their medications, and go a long way to improve long term health outcomes. Learn more by reading the Medication Adminstration Issue Brief.

  • Improving access to life saving addiction treatments for opioids like Naltrexone, injections to stabilize mental health conditions, and even medications to prevent premature birth.
  • While 93% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy, pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare professionals and can support closing this gap.Twenty-nine states currently allow pharmacists to provide medication administration and injection services, including Wisconsin, Iowa, and North Dakota. We made gains this year for the IM and SQ administration of medications for alcohol and opioid abuse and for mental health conditions. Read more here.

Pharmacists: Part of the Solution

A pharmacist may be the only health professional a Minnesota resident will see for their health care needs in a given month. The patient, pharmacist and physician relationship is the most trusted relationship a person has outside their family. MPhA will continue to work with the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance and other partners to be sure that the PBM Licensure and Fair Practices legislation (SF278) and Minnesota’s Medicaid Fee-for-Service reimbursement to comply with the CMS Covered Outpatient Drug Rule are implemented fairly to benefit all parties. Read more here.

Allow pharmacists to provide patients with the lowest cost options for their medications.  (HF3024, SF2836)

This legislation would no longer allow health plans or Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBM) to prohibit a pharmacist from disclosing the following information to an individual purchasing a prescription medication:

  • The cost of the medication
  • The availability of any less expensive alternatives, including paying cash, if that is the lowest cost to the patient

Provide patients with the lowest possible cost for their prescriptions. (HF3024, SF2836)

This legislation would prohibit insurance contracts with pharmacies from requiring a patient to pay anything other than the least expensive option between the copayment or the non-covered cost of the prescription. It would also allow pharmacists to sync medication prescriptions so that patients can pick up their medications in one visit.

 

Let your legislators know that you want pharmacists to be part of the solution.
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