Bonilla Proposes Improved Process to Obtain Prescription Medications

February 28, 2014 · 12 comments

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.”

1 Bob the Repairman February 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Does she stay up all night thinking of ways for others to think for us????
This everyday “new” item that is proposed is really getting old.

2 typical concord resident February 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Here’s an idea, WHY NOT ABOLISH SOME LAWS for once you LOSER!!!!

3 Reality says... February 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

“…and follow their doctor’s instructions on taking their medications.”

Access/fulfillment for prescriptions is an easy remediation, health care providers like Kaiser offer you alternative methods already.

Just because the med get’s in your hand, does not mean you will follow the instructions provided by your Dr. This bill cannot change that behavior.

What this does not and cannot address is another issue impacting patient health. People are getting their meds from “alternative providers” (Mexico or online) where dosage levels and QC on the manufacturing of the meds is not consistent or monitored. Additionally, A LOT of individuals are self-prescribing OTC drugs which alter the effectiveness of the medication your Dr has prescribed. And 90% of the time, patients do not volunteer all the meds they are taking outside the instruction of their Dr.

As a nation, we are popping way too many pills, both legal and illegal.

4 Always Right February 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Another lobbying group using a career politician to do their bidding. This bill will drive up insurance costs and line the pockets of the proponents of this legislation.

5 anon February 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

They don’t take the medicine because they can’t afford it. They skip a day or split pills.

6 Frank F February 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Notice how she “partners” with groups to introduce legislation. Then they give her money.

She’s for sale.

7 This is embarssing February 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

that she would believe the voters are so inept.

Trouble is, so many are, and they vote.

Glad I didn’t vote for her, but I bet she runs unopposed again for whatever office she chooses.

8 Peter Nixon February 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I’m stunned by the cynicism of this bill. It has nothing to do with patients. The CHI is a CA trade association for Big Pharma and Biotechnology companies. They are making an unholy alliance with retail pharmacies to weaken the bargaining power of mail order pharmacies vis-à-vis pharmaceutical companies. It’s blatantly anti-competitive.

9 Diane C. February 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

This sounds like a good bill. Ignore the negative haters.

10 mutts February 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Not a good bill and a waste of time. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go to the bathroom, or should I do Susan’s permissions. Toilets are already regulated.

11 Always Right February 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

@Peter Nixon –

Bingo, you got it. Exactly right.

12 BAB March 2, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Sounds like she is trying to replace Nancy Pelosi as the head nanny

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