At the end of June, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte rescinded the authority of pharmacists to help oversee and administer COVID-19 vaccines - and other vaccinations. The original order was passed earlier in the pandemic to help with the demand for COVID-19 vaccinations. Now, the Montana State Board of Pharmacy has reinstated this emergency order and given pharmacists and pharmacy technicians this authority again. This was due to a surge in demand for COVID-19 vaccines as many other medical offices have stopped offering them, leading to increased pressure on pharmacies to deliver this service.
Montana Governor Gianforte has passed Senate Bill 395 into law, giving the state auditor the power to license and regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). This law is essential for shedding light on how the cost of drugs is contributing to higher health insurance premiums, and the goal is to better oversee PBMs, increase transparency, and address the high cost of prescription drug prices.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle