Senate Bill 71
150th General Assembly (Present)
Senate Banking, Business & Insurance 4/18/19
Awaiting consideration in Committee
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 AND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING PHARMACY OWNERSHIP AND PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGERS.
This Act protects consumers from paying high prices for prescription drugs by ensuring competition in the marketplace by doing the following: 1. Prohibiting a pharmacy benefit manager from requiring or providing an incentive for an insured individual to use a pharmacy in which the pharmacy benefit manager has an ownership interest. 2. Requiring that a pharmacy must be owned by a pharmacist or by a majority of pharmacists if owned by an artificial entity. This ownership requirement is modelled on the same requirement in North Dakota law, enacted in 1963, which has kept North Dakota prescription prices among the lowest in the country and provides North Dakotans with more pharmacies per capita than the national average and a high level of care from locally owned pharmacies. This ownership requirement does not apply to current holders of a permit to operate a pharmacy or to hospital pharmacies that furnishes services only to patients and employees.
Takes effect upon being signed into law