2003 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Committee Approved)

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Pharmacy Savings Initiative

Item 325 #10h

Item 325 #10h

First Year - FY2003 Second Year - FY2004
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2003 $0 FY2004 ($1,000,000) GF
FY2003 $0 FY2004 ($1,021,427) NGF

Page 310, line 52, strike "$3,463,427,364" and insert "$3,461,405,937".
Page 327, after line 3, insert:
"UUU.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall work with the Virginia Pharmacists Association and the Medical Society of Virginia to begin an initiative with pharmacies and physicians to encourage the utilization of over-the-counter products when non-sedating antihistamines are needed.  Savings yielded by this effort estimated at $1,000,000 from the general fund and $1,021,427 from nongeneral funds the second year shall be used to restore a portion of the pharmacy dispensing fee to $4.25 per prescription per month."

(This amendment directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to work with pharmacists and physicians to obtain savings in the Medicaid pharmacy program through greater use of over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines. The savings from this effort will be used to restore a portion of the dispensing fees which were reduced in House Bill 1400, as introduced. A companion amendment in Item 325 provides funding using these savings and other funds to fully restore the pharmacy dispensing fee.)