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AB-670 Targets Pharmacist Kickback Schemes

PrescriptionDrugsCalifornia State Assembly Bill AB-670 aims to close a loophole in state law that allows health insurers to give a financial kickback to pharmacists every time they decide to give customers cheaper, poorer quality drugs that are not chemically equivalent to those prescribed by the customer’s doctor. AB 670, filed by California Assemblymember Toni Atkins, would “prohibit a pharmacist or pharmacy employer from receiving any payment or other compensation, in the form of money or otherwise to specifically recommend or replace a patient’s originally prescribed drug product with a drug product that does not have the same active ingredient as the originally prescribed drug product, unless the recommendation or replacement is the result of, and the payment is included in the reimbursement for, the pharmacist performing a comprehensive medication review, as specified,” according to a recent report posted at http://ivn.us.