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Requiring California’s Pharmacies to Translate Drug Labels Runs Counter to Patient Care

In California, home to a diverse population, pharmacies are currently required by the state’s board of pharmacy to “provide an interpreter for non-English speakers free of charge, either in person or by phone” to help ensure that individuals take their medications properly. Limited-English speakers also have access... [continue reading]

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California’s Senate Urged to Protect Patient Choice; Allow Patients to Opt-Out of Mail-Order Prescription Programs

For individuals with chronic diseases, from high blood pressure to diabetes to HIV/AIDS, their relationship with a pharmacist is oftentimes essential to their ability to successfully manage their condition for the long-term. In fact, studies have shown that chronically ill patients “experience improved clinical outcomes when they... [continue reading]

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Bipartisan Cooperation in Colorado Yields Legislation Benefiting Patients & the Pharmacies they Rely On

Recognizing the importance of community pharmacies to the health of Colorado’s residents and to the state’s economy, State Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) and State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada) have teamed up to pass legislation that will “benefit patients and the pharmacies they rely on for prescriptions and... [continue reading]

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Bill Allowing Californians to Opt-Out of Mandatory Mail-Order Prescriptions Passes State’s Assembly; Moves to Senate

As part of a measure to promote both patient choice and better health outcomes for residents of California, state lawmakers are considering legislation that would “allow patients to opt out of health plan requirements that certain prescriptions be filled by mail order.” With approximately one million Californians... [continue reading]

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Concerns Rise Amid Cuts to Medicaid Provider Rates in Oklahoma

Despite receiving nearly the same amount of money from the state as it did during the last fiscal year, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board recently voted to cut Medicaid provider rates by almost eight percent. While this decision is expected to save the state an estimated... [continue reading]