Bill seeks to lift ban on supply deliveries

Friday, January 17, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two senators have introduced a bill that would allow independent community pharmacies to deliver diabetes testing supplies to Medicare beneficiaries the same day an order is placed. The bill, introduced by Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and John Thune, R-S.D., would reverse restrictions placed on community pharmacists on July 1, 2013. “Pharmacists have reported cases of seniors going out in hazardous circumstances and risking a debilitating fall or other accident to obtain diabetes testing supplies because the local pharmacy can no longer deliver them,” said Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, in a Jan. 16 release. “Now more than ever, Congress should scrap this indefensible delivery ban.”