Thursday, September 6, 2018

New Colorado Board of Pharmacy Rules Effective 8/8/2018

Two New Laws Affect Pharmacists

HB18-1307  
Effective 8/8/18
On May 11, 2018, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 18-1307 Limit Access To Products With Dextromethorphan. It will go into effect August 8, 2018. The new state law makes it unlawful to sell or knowingly dispense medication containing any quantity of dextromethorphan to a person under the age of 18. Anyone selling a medication containing dextromethorphan must obtain proof of age as specified in the bill, unless he or she reasonably believes the purchaser is at least 25 years old. This bill does not require:
  • restrictions on consumer access to medication containing dextromethorphan,
  • transaction record keeping.
It does not apply to medication sold pursuant to a valid prescription. The Colorado State Board of Pharmacy encourages licensees to read the bill to better understand its new requirements. If you have questions, please send them to dora_pharmacyboard@state.co.us.
HB 18-1284
Cost of Prescription Drugs Purchased at a Pharmacy
Patient Drug Costs Savings Act
Effective 8/8/18
On April 30, 2018, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 18-1284 Disclosure Of Prescription Costs At Pharmacies. The new state law allows pharmacies/pharmacists to disclose to patients the cost share for the covered prescription drug on his or her insurance, and the clinical efficacy of a more affordable alternative drug that is therapeutically equivalent, if available. In addition, pharmacies must charge the patient the retail price of a medication if that price is less than the copay for that drug. The new law goes into effect August 8, 2018.
The Colorado State Board of Pharmacy encourages all licensees to read the bill to better understand how it affects pharmacies and pharmacists. If you have questions, please send them to dora_pharmacyboard@state.co.us.

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