The following information is from the office of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla:
Poor medication adherence – the critical need for patients to take medications as directed by their physicians – has been blamed for hundreds of thousands of patient deaths, and billions of dollars wasted on unnecessary hospitalizations and outpatient visits every year in America.
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla announced today that she has partnered with the California Healthcare Institute and the California Pharmacists Association to introduce legislation that improves the process for medical patients to obtain their prescription drugs and follow their doctor’s instructions on taking their medications.
“I have been hearing from my constituents about difficulties in obtaining medications in a manner that best meets their medical needs,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Health plans and insurers are doing what they can to improve medication adherence. The solutions I am proposing will encourage interaction between patients, pharmacists and doctors to ensure patients receive medications in a timely, convenient manner.”
AB 2418 proposes the following safeguards:
- Allows patients to opt out of mandatory mail order programs if they prefer to obtain their prescription drugs from a community pharmacy or clinic.
- Streamlines refill synchronizations to make it more convenient for patients to pick up all of their prescriptions on one trip to the pharmacy.
- Allows patients who run out of prescription eye medications because of inadvertent spillage to get early refills.
“Patient adherence to medication improves health, reduces the risk of hospitalization and lowers the overall cost of healthcare,” said Eve Bukowski, California Healthcare Institute’s vice president of state government affairs. “We are thrilled to work with Assemblywoman Bonilla to help make California patients healthier.”
“Poor medication adherence costs the US health system $290 billion dollars in other health care expenditures, such as emergency room visits and unnecessary physician office visits,” said Jon Roth, Chief Executive Officer for the California Pharmacists Association. “Assemblymember Bonilla’s legislation will go a long way to improving medication adherence by allowing patients to receive their medication in a way that is most convenient to them and all those medications to be synchronized with all their other drugs, resulting in the best chance for a patient to successfully complete all of their prescriptions.”