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S.B. 140

This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 10:48 AM by smaeser. -->              1     





Sponsor: James M. Evans

             6      This act amends the Health Code. The act creates a Prescription Drug Assistance
             7      Program within the Department of Health and requires reporting to the Legislature.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      ENACTS:
             10          26-47-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             11      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             12          Section 1. Section 26-47-101 is enacted to read:

             14          26-47-101. Prescription Drug Assistance Program.
             15          (1) No later than October 1, 2003, the department shall implement a Prescription Drug
             16      Assistance Program. The program shall assist persons seeking information about how to obtain
             17      prescription drugs at a reduced price or no cost. The program shall:
             18          (a) collect eligibility and enrollment information about programs that make
             19      prescription drugs available to consumers at a reduced price or no cost;
             20          (b) provide information collected under Subsection (1)(a) to consumers upon request
             21      via a toll-free phone line, the Internet, and mail;
             22          (c) inform pharmacists and other health care providers of the Prescription Drug
             23      Assistance Program; and
             24          (d) assist consumers in completing applications to participate in programs identified
             25      under Subsection (1)(a).
             26          (2) Any pharmaceutical manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler operating in the state
             27      shall:

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         (a) notify the department of any program operated by it to provide prescription drugs to
             29      consumers at a reduced price or no cost; and
             30          (b) provide the department with information about eligibility, enrollment, and benefits.
             31          (3) Pharmacies, as defined in Title 58, Chapter 17, Pharmacy Practice Act, shall notify
             32      their patients of the Prescription Drug Assistance Program. This notification shall include
             33      S [ prominently ] s displaying the program's toll-free number, and may include distributing a brochure
             34      or oral communication.
             35          (4) The department may accept grants, gifts, and donations of money or property for
             36      use by the Prescription Drug Assistance Program.
             37          (5) The department shall report to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee
             38      and the Joint Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee on the performance of
             39      the Prescription Drug Assistance Program prior to the 2004 and 2005 Annual General Sessions
             40      of the Legislature.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-30-03 3:21 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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