Navigation Links
Pharmacy Choice and Access Now Coalition Urges Passage of Senate Bill 7 During Texas Legislature's Special Session

AUSTIN, Texas, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) – a coalition of consumers, local businesses and pharmacists across the nation and Texas, committed to preserving quality and affordable health care – urges prompt passage of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) in the current special session.  SB 7 contains numerous critical amendments that provide many necessary protections for Texans and their community pharmacies.  As final legislative consideration before the Texas Legislature took place at the end of the regular session, the PCAN coalition recommended additional policy measures that it deemed essential, such as open access pharmacy networks within a managed care framework, permitting users of Medicaid pharmacy services to continue to retain the option of being served by their community pharmacy rather than a mail order service, prompt pay for crucial pharmacy services, and full transparency regarding administrative and other fees charged by pharmacy benefit managers.

PCAN commends the Texas Legislature and – above all Representatives Zerwas, Pitts, Hopson, Brown, Sid Miller and Senators Nelson, Van de Putte and Hegar – for following through on their commitment to include provisions in Senate Bill 7 that help to protect Medicaid patient access to effective health care and pharmacy services across Texas. 

Tammy Gray, an independent pharmacist and spokesperson for the Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) coalition in Texas said, "Senate Bill 7, because of these pharmacy and patient protections, is a step in the right direction for pharmacists, patients and small businesses across the great State of Texas given the difficult fiscal conditions legislators have been forced to address this session.  Doing so will help to ensure open access networks, prompt pay for crucial pharmacy services, transparency regarding pharmacy benefit managers, and will allow patients to retain the option of obtaining medications directly from their community-based pharmacist rather than a mail order service.  We, of course, after SB 7 becomes law, commit to continuing to work with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to ensure that implementation of SB 7 is done in a manner that maximizes pharmacy protections for consumers and community-based pharmacies across the state."

The pharmacy and patient protection amendments contained in SB 7 will help to ensure that community-based pharmacies throughout Texas are afforded the protections that they, their patients and Texas taxpayers both need and deserve.  While PCAN believes SB 7's pharmacy and patient protection amendments are a step in the right direction, PCAN will continue to work to ensure additional safeguards are enacted during the remaining days of the special session and the administrative processes that will follow enactment of the legislation.  PCAN urges prompt passage during the special session.

About PCAN

Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) is a coalition of consumers, local business and pharmacists across the nation committed to preserving quality and affordable health care and pharmacy services for patients. We are committed to providing the most cost effective solutions in the areas of health care and pharmacy services to enable states around the country to help solve their budget woes while maintaining quality care for children, families and other Medicaid-served populations.

For more information on Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN), visit

SOURCE Pharmacy Choice and Access Now
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. MirixaEdge(SM) to be Licensed by One Source Pharmacy, LLC
2. Pharmacy Technicians Assist Pharmacy Teams in Development of Drug Shortage Protocols
3. Community Pharmacists Endorse Bipartisan Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act
4. Assured Pharmacy, Inc. Receives Gross Proceeds of $200,000 from Sale of Convertible Debentures and Warrants
5. Pharmacyclics Announces Oral Presentations and Clinical Update at Upcoming Medical Meetings
6. Pharmacy College Applications Screened Using Turnitin for Admissions
7. Canadian Pharmacy Intermediarys Top Reasons U.S. Customers Choose Canada Online Pharmacies Revealed by
8. New NCPA Study: Medicaid Pharmacy Modernization Could Save States Billions Without Limiting Access
9. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacys Hagerman Named Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year
10. Pharmacyclics to Announce Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results and Host a Conference Call on May 4, 2011
11. Prime Therapeutics President and CEO Eric Elliott Delivers Speech at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Dialogues in Managed Care Leadership 2011
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/23/2016)... a startling report released today, National Safety Council research ... proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription Nation ... tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned a ... , New Mexico , Tennessee ... failing states, three – Michigan , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , a ... its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... on June 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia ... electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  Guerbet announced today that it has been named ... . One of 12 suppliers to receive ... support of Premier members through exceptional local customer service ... to lower costs. ... outstanding customer service from Premier," says Massimo Carrara ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... A recent article published June 14 on E Online details ... to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not only the ... and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) notes ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell ... pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, ... Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new ... the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile ... orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for ... $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same ... wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):