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Bill to Allow Early Drug Refills for Storms Advances in House

Posted May 2, 2007

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— The summer and fall storm season is approaching, and legislation might be coming to help people get prescriptions filled when they fear life is going to be severely disrupted by weather.

A bill that has been approved by a state House committee and sent to the full chamber would allow pharmacies to dispense prescriptions before they are due to be refilled, if the governor has declared a state of emergency.

The bill would also require insurers to pay for early refills.

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  • nc lover May 3, 2007

    Jenbo - I agree with you but if you cry Vacation - Like someone else already stated here - you will most likely not have a problem. My insurance company allows it for vacations

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 3, 2007

    "...if the governor has declared a state of emergency."

    Doesn't that mean the storm has already passed and has caused catastrophic damage already?

    Confused.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ladyblue May 3, 2007

    I get my prescriptions from Wal Mart and if you explain vacation to them they called insurance company and mine were refilled earlier for "vacation time". This bill isn't aabout vacations The state has to be declared in state of emergency for this bill to be in effect. I can't see where it's such a big deal. I had rather our politicians be working on something more important.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC May 3, 2007

    I can see it now. People will be rushing to the store to stock up on a month supply of bread,milk,eggs,beer and percocet and prozac every time there is even a remote chance of a storm.

  • Jenbo May 3, 2007

    It's not just storms. I was leaving for a 3-week vacation and tried to refill prescriptions that would run out while I was gone. But according to the insurance company, it was too soon -- I had to wait until 2 days after I left or they wouldn't pay. As far as I'm concerned, if a prescription has refills on it, I should be able to pick it up any time I choose -- this is not a decision health insurance companies have any business making.

  • ladyblue May 2, 2007

    This seems a waste of taxpayers money to spend time on such a bill, when we have so many more important issues. I can get my drugs (except narcotics) a week a head of refill time anyway. What good is this thing. Come on politicians lets work on some real issues with this state. Leave this kind of junk alone

  • lgboro May 2, 2007

    I run into this situation every month with my meds. I find myself tethered to the drugstore and having to make several trips to be allowed by my insurance to fill my prescriptions on medications I have been on for years. Chances are I will already be at the drug store when a storm hits due to stupid laws and an uncaring insurance company (State Health Plan)who tries to make it as difficult for as possible for me to attend to my health issues.

  • patriot May 2, 2007

    Does the wral writer who wrote the title to this story speak English??? I couldn't tell.

  • At Work May 2, 2007

    I agree with msudawg by than the drug stores will be backed up and it would take two days to get you meds. By than the storm would have already been done damage and left.

  • msudawg May 2, 2007

    I wonder how much help that is going to be. Once he declares a state of emergency it will be too close to the storm to manage to get refills.