House Bill 2524 permits pharmacists to convert prescriptions authorizing refills

If a prescription authorizes a drug to be dispensed by refilling the prescription one or more times and the total quantity of the drug does not exceed a 90-day supply of the drug, a pharmacist who is filling or refilling the prescription may dispense a quantity of the drug that varies from the quantity or amount of the drug originally written on the prescription, if all the following conditions are met:

(1) The action taken by the pharmacist does not result in a quantity or amount of the drug being dispensed that exceed the total quantity that may be dispensed by filling and refilling the prescription.

(2) The prescription is for one of the following: (A) A maintenance drug to be taken on a regular recurring basis to treat a chronic condition; (B) A drug to be taken on a regular, recurring basis to prevent disease; or (C) A contraceptive.

(3) If the prescription is a maintenance drug, the patient has used an initial 30-day supply of the drug or a 90-day supply of the drug has previously been prescribed to the patient and the pharmacist determines after consulting with the patient, that the drug has stabilized the patient’s condition.

(4) The prescription is not for a controlled substance as set forth in 60A-1-1.

(5) The prescriber did not state “Brand Medically Necessary: and

(6) The pharmacist consults with the patient, and the pharmacist determines the action authorized is appropriate for the patient.

(b) This section does not require a health insurer, government health care program, pharmacy benefit manager, or other entity that offers health benefit plans to provide coverage for a drug in a manner that is inconsistent with the patient’s benefit plan.