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Arkansas

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Pharmacy Laws & Regulations

Arkansas

Pharmacy Laws & Regulations

(All States)

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PBMs Being Held Accountable by Arkansas DOI - Now Subject to Fines

The Arkansas Department of Insurance is holding pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) accountable for their deceptive actions. The Department has issued a bulletin putting PBMs on notice that denial of Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) appeals when a pharmacy's reimbursement is below acquisition costs will cause these PBMs to be subject to fines under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

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Arkansas Department of Insurance

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Establishing The 340B Drug Pricing Nondiscrimination Act

HB 1881 was passed into law in order to protect patient choice by prohibiting a PBM from mandating that a patient use a mail-order pharmacy or interfering with the patient's right to choose an in-network pharmacy of their choice. It also prohibits a PBM from discriminating against 340B entities through lower reimbursements or exclusion from provider networks.

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Legiscan

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Protecting Patient Choice and Privacy Through Increased Transparency

SB 617 has been signed into law and now become Act 1053. This Act now requires written consent from a patient before transfer prescriptions to a new pharmacy, in order to prevent PBM-owned pharmacies from steering patients and filling prescriptions without express consent. It also requires this pharmacy to disclose the conflict of interest due to its PBM relation, and prohibits the pharmacy from data mining and using patient data for solicitation purposes.

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Legiscan

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Setting Standards for Prescription Delivery in Arkansas

HB 1852 has been signed into law by Governor Hutchinson in order to set standards for prescription delivery. This law prohibits a PBM-owned pharmacy (or other similar entity) from requiring that their patients have to receive prescriptions through home-delivery services.

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Legiscan

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Amend Existing Arkansas Law to Reflect the Rutledge v. PCMA Decision

Changes were made to The Arkansas Pharmacy Audit Bill Of Rights and The Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act in order to reflect the unanimous decision made in the landmark case, Rutledge v. PCMA. This grants the Insurance Department enforcement authority over existing fair pharmacy audit laws.

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Legiscan

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Expanding Arkansas Pharmacists' Scope of Practice in Vaccination

HB 1134 has been passed into law, and this allows pharmacists in the state to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute, or dispense vaccines - as well as any medications to treat any adverse reactions to the vaccines - to any patients 3 years and older. This is an important step in achieving recognition and provider status for Arkansas pharmacists.

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Legiscan

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Rutledge v. PMCA: Supreme Court Affirms Arkansas Act 900

In their decision on Rutledge v PCMA, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arkansas Act 900 and independent pharmacies across the country. The ruling determines that states have the right to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in managed care organizations. It also prohibits PBMs from reimbursing pharmacies at a lower rate than what the pharmacies pay to fill prescriptions

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Pharmacy Times

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