Bill description: This bill would allow pharmacists to inform patients of alternative drugs with similar effectiveness and to substitute a prescription for these if the patient agrees.
Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?
By allowing pharmacists to offer alternative pharmaceuticals this bill would recognize the education and knowledge pharmacists have and would ensure they are not prohibited from doing the work they have been trained to do.
Pharmacists could use their specialized knowledge to offer alternatives that might work better for each patient’s unique conditions. Further, pharmacists could save consumers substantial money by substituting generic-brand pharmaceuticals or other less expensive alternatives.
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