Hawaii becomes third state to recently enact pharmacy choice legislation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections. NCPA fully supported HB 62 and HB 65, both of which passed the Hawaii House and Senate unanimously and were signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on June 27.

HB 62 restricts the ability of PBMs to utilize patients’ private medical information as a marketing tool in an effort to promote “preferred pharmacy” plans affiliated with the PBM.

HB 65 enables many patients to have their prescriptions filled at a retail pharmacy instead of being required to use mail order facilities. 

“NCPA appreciates the overwhelming support Hawaii’s elected officials have shown for this pro-patient, pro-pharmacist, pro-local economy legislation," stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA CEO. "We congratulate the community pharmacists whose grassroots efforts made this accomplishment possible and NCPA was proud to work closely with them in supporting these bills.” 

Hawaii follows Pennsylvania and New York as states that have recently enacted laws giving patients more freedom from mandatory mail order requirements, NCPA noted.

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