2018 Legislature’s Impact On Pharmacists

Lawmakers adjourned the 2018 Legislature, March 10, without, for the first time in over 30 years, extending the session to finalize the state's budget.   Over 1,900 proposed laws and resolutions were introduced during the 60-day session, resulting in 131 House and 129 Senate bills passing and sent [Read more...]

Suit alleges insurance managers’ negligence

The cities of Huntington, Charleston and Kenova and the town of Ceredo are suing a group of PEIA insurance management companies and pharmacies they said accepted "blood money" from drug distributors in exchange for ignoring requests to thoroughly check patients' opioid prescriptions. Defendants [Read more...]

Briefs of interests to pharmacists

According to Charleston Gazette-Mail statehouse reporter Eric Eyre, a record number of West Virginians -- 909 -- fatally overdosed in 2017, up from 887 in 2016, the previous all-time high.  The data was released by the WV Health Statistics Center. Top executives from five of the nation's largest [Read more...]

Prescription drugs: major cost drivers PEIA

Governor Jim Justice appointed a Task Force of 29 people at the conclusion of the 2018 Legislature to address the ongoing, increasing costs of the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA).   The health insurance program covers about 220,000 people, including state workers, teachers, retirees and [Read more...]