Prescription Drugs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports state efforts to promote pharmaceutical and bioscience innovation as it is in the best interest of both our states’ economic growth and prosperity, as well as the public health of our citizens;

NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages states to support pharmaceutical and bioscience innovation, which could include the establishment of a Life Sciences Advisory Board, Joint Committee on Biosciences, and/or a focused legislative subcommittee to enhance the legislature’s ability to direct state policies towards innovation growth and biopharmaceutical awareness.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act allows people in counties declared a disaster or under a state of emergency to refill current prescriptions under their health benefit plan without “refill too soon” limitations if their prescriptions were originally filled or refilled within a period 29 or days or less from the declaration of an emergency or disaster.

Suggested State Legislation: This legislation limits the opportunity to introduce counterfeit drugs into the U.S. market via the wholesale transfer process. The legislation accomplishes this by tightening the rules around the licensing of prescription drug wholesalers and establishes pedigree requirements to ensure the authenticity of prescription drugs within the distribution system. The legislation also establishes penalties for violators.