New law strengthens pharmacy-doctor relations

WINFIELD - Hamilton pharmacist Cole Sandlin says that patients in Marion County are now set to receive better care from not only physicians, but the pharmacists themselves after two bills were recently signed into law in Montgomery.
Sandlin was present when Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law HB35, known as the Collaborative Practice Act, and SB73, the Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) Licensure and Regulation Act, during a bill-signing on Aug. 31.
HB35, sponsored by Rep. Ron Johnson and Sen. Tom Butler, authorizes a pharmacist licensed by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and a physician licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners to enter into a collaborative practice agreement to coordinate care that pharmacists are trained to provide.


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