The proposal (SB 668 and HB 511) is a priority of business groups that argue physician dispensing drives up workers-compensation insurance premiums. Opponents of the bills argue, in part, that doctors dispensing drugs — instead of writing prescriptions to be filled at pharmacies — helps increase patient compliance with taking medications.
SB 668 is in the Senate Budget Committee, and sponsor Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said the only way the bill can move forward is if President Mike Haridopolos uses a procedural move to withdraw it from the committee. Hays expressed doubts that will happen. “The sense I have is no,” Hays said. “The hope I have is yes.” The House version has made it through committees but has not come up for a vote in the full House.