SB 139 (BR 1113) - D. Harper Angel, J. Pendleton, W. Blevins Jr, D. Boswell, J. Carroll, D. Mongiardo, R. Palmer II, J. Rhoads, J. Ridley, E. Scorsone, J. Turner, E. Worley
AN ACT relating to importation of drugs.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 217 to require the Cabinet for Health Services to design a prescription drug program to facilitate the importation of prescription drugs from Canada by pharmacists, distributors, and wholesalers licensed in Kentucky; require that the program consist of a drug formulary and patient safety protections; specify requirements for the formulary; require the Governor, in coordination with the secretary of the Cabinet for Health Services, to request that the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services certify to Congress that drug importation from Canada by licensed pharmacists, distributors, and wholesalers poses no additional risk to the public's health and safety and would result in a reduction in prescription drug costs; require the Governor and the secretary of the Cabinet for Health Services to request that the secretary of the Department for Health and Human Services promulgate administrative regulations permitting pharmacists, distributors, and wholesalers to import drugs from Canada; require that the program be implemented upon promulgation of the federal regulations; require the cabinet to negotiate with pharmacists to ensure that any savings from importation be passed on to consumers and state health programs; require an annual report to the Governor and the Legislative Research Commission regarding the effectiveness and cost savings of the program.
Feb 7-introduced in Senate
Feb 10-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)