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Bill Would Provide a More Level Playing Field for Independent Pharmacies

Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) is pleased to report that his bill, HB466, has passed the House by a unanimous vote.

“This bill will assist independent pharmacies by allowing them to provide more information to their patients regarding the amount of the insured’s cost share for a prescription drug,” says Rep. Jones. “Pharmacists will also now be permitted to sell lower-cost alternative drugs to consumers.  Overall, the aim of this bill is to provide a more level playing field for small businesses which play such a vital role in our economy, particularly so in my district.”

Additionally, HB466 would prohibit pharmacy benefits managers from using contract terms to prevent pharmacies from providing store direct delivery services.  The bill also provides pharmacy and pharmacist protections which ultimately will help smaller pharmacies to compete with the bigger pharmaceutical companies.

In all, HB466 provides a more level playing field and it benefits the small business owner and the consumer.  The bill passed the House 115-0.