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Rick Scott signs Janet Cruz-sponsored bill letting patients make fewer drug store trips

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Rick Scott signed SB 800, the Senate companion to House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz’s HB 1191, putting medication synchronization into law.

What’s that, you ask?

Many patients, especially those with chronic conditions who may have been prescribed medications from different specialized physicians, currently face various refill dates and multiple trips to the pharmacy each to maintain their prescribed treatment plan.

This lack of alignment (or synchronization) in prescription fill dates has been identified as a major contributor to medication nonadherence, which results in bad health outcomes for patients and an estimated annual impact of $300 billion a year in avoidable costs to the U.S. health care system.

The new law now prohibits health care companies from denying patients the ability to receive a partial refill of a prescription if they choose to enroll in a medication synchronization program through their pharmacy. This should allow more patients to synchronize their prescription plan and lead to better health outcomes.

“This new law is an invaluable tool for elderly and chronically ill patients in Florida who find it burdensome to make multiple trips to the pharmacy each month,” Cruz said on Thursday. “Medication synchronization will lead to better health outcomes and longer lives for thousands of Floridians who are in need of continuing care. I am grateful to my colleagues for their overwhelming support of this legislation, and I thank Governor Scott for signing it into law.”

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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