2014 Legislative Session Winner: Pharmacies

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Common sense legislation leveling the playing field for local community pharmacies is also on its way to the Governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 702, championed by Senator Aaron Bean and Representative Travis Cummings and a major priority for Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN), Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA), Florida Independent Pharmacy Network (FIPN), Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) and Pharmacy Provider Services Cooperative (PPSC) directs pharmacy benefit managers to follow certain procedures when it comes to pharmacy audits. The legislation mandates notification of an audit, eliminates auditing during the busiest times of the month, protects local pharmacy owners from fines for simple clerical errors and provides reasonable time for pharmacies to address audit discrepancies. This legislation simply sets the ground rules for pharmacy benefit managers to create a more effective auditing process.

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