ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauded a bill signed by Louisiana government officials that will enable pharmacists to administer medication therapy management services to patients in the state.
The newly-enacted law -- signed June 25 by Gov. Bobby Jindal (D) and introduced by pharmacist Rep. Fred Mills, D-St. Martin -- gives authority to the state Department of Health and Hospitals to create an MTM pharmacy program.
“Louisiana has many medically-depressed areas with many Medicaid patients seeing multiple physicians. This law enables pharmacy to be at the forefront in helping to manage not only patients’ needs, but also to help curtail costs especially in an environment where healthcare dollars are so precious,” said Mills.
Added NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson, “Patients can truly benefit from MTM services. Not only does it help patients maintain their health, but it can enhance the pharmacist-patient relationship and improve health outcomes for patients over time. NACDS applauds the efforts of Rep. Fred Mills for leading the charge in the state legislature to pass this bill, and we thank Gov. Jindal for promptly signing this pro-patient, pro-pharmacy bill into law.”