Quick Nav
Publications
Pharmacy Times
Generic Times News

GEORGIA PHARMACISTS MAY GET NEW GENERIC SUBSTITUTION RULES

Published Online: Thursday, November 1, 2007   [ Request Print ]

Legislation under consideration by lawmakers in Georgia would grant pharmacists in the state increased flexibility in substituting generics for brand name drugs prescribed by physicians. The bill, sponsored by Rep Buddy Carter, would allow such substitutions without checking back with the prescriber, provided that the switches were preauthorized by the prescriber. For guidance on determining which drugs to switch, pharmacists would use lists supplied by the patient's insurance plan—a move designed to control the cost of prescription coverage.

According to Carter, himself an independent pharmacist, the increased flexibility to substitute generics would save precious time for patients who now must wait until their doctors are contacted to approve a substitution. Others, however, including former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan, have criticized the bill for empowering insurance carriers to pressure doctors to prescribe generics.


Related Articles
No Result Found




Intellisphere, LLC
666 Plainsboro Road
Building 300
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
P: 609-716-7777
F: 609-257-0701

Copyright HCPLive 2006-2013
Intellisphere, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
 




Become a Member
Forgot Password?