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TPA Opposes Physician Dispensing Bill in House Committee

Wednesday, April 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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Although much of the Texas Pharmacy Association's advocacy efforts are focused on passing pro-pharmacy legislation, TPA is also attune to proposed legislation that could be detrimental to patients or the profession. On Wednesday, TPA testified in opposition to HB 1622 by Rep. Tom Oliverson. This bill would allow physicians to dispense all non-controlled medications from their offices. "We believe this bill threatens patients’ health and safety by not requiring the same high standards to which pharmacists are held to promote safe medication use and patient safety," Garza said, noting that former Governor Rick Perry's reasoning for opposing physician dispensing several years ago still rings true today. "If you value pharmacists’ training and expertise as medication experts, and you value the importance of oversight and accuracy for patient and medication safety, and you believe in building a collaborative healthcare team, then you’ll vote against this bill," Garza said. Read her full testimony online.

TPA Speaker-Elect Lisa Killam-Worrall testified and explained that "there is already a mechanism available for clinics to provide prescribed medications directly to patients by establishing a class D pharmacy in clinics," such as the one in which she works. "It takes time, medication expertise, and complete focus on the patients’ needs and circumstances to properly dispense medication and help keep a patient on their medication regimen," Killam-Worall said. "This is why the patient is most safe and best served when a physician and pharmacist work together as a healthcare team to prescribe and dispense medication." TPA member Jobby John, testifying on his own behalf, also spoke against SB 1622.

Physician dispensing testimony
TPA's Debbie Garza, Lisa Killam-Worrall, and Jobby John testify against physician dispensing legislation late Wednesday in the House Public Health Committee.

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