Pharmacists may provide naloxone under protocol

House Bill 4035 approved by the House of Delegates Health and Human Resources Committee, January 18, permits pharmacists to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and West Virginia [Read more...]

PBM regulation legislation introduced

Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio) is lead sponsor of Senate Bill 322 in the West Virginia Senate calling for regulation of the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry.  Co-sponsoring the proposed legislation are Senators Ron Stollings (D-Boone), Charles Trump (R-Morgan) and Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha).  WVPA [Read more...]

Role of PBMs with pharmacies and patients

The West Virginia Legislature will be taking up legislation in 2016 -- as it did in 2015 with Senate Bill 84 -- to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).   Because there is no regulatory authority over these entities or transparency to purchasers of prescription drugs required, some PBMs are [Read more...]