More Iowa telepharmacies on the way
The Iowa House of Representatives recently approved a bill to make it easier for rural towns throughout the state to set up telepharmacies. If the bill becomes law, the state pharmacy board could routinely approve telepharmacies instead of handling them as limited pilot projects, and up to 80 Iowa communities would be eligible.
The companion bill in the Senate, Senate File 453, was passed last spring by the Iowa Senate and was unanimously approved by the House. The bill now heads back to the Senate, where it will likely be approved.
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"It's a great bill because there are communities that want this that are underserved," Rep. Brian Best (R-Glidden) told The Des Moines Register.
Iowa legislators don’t intend to provide competition with other pharmacies or pharmacy chains. In fact, legislators amended the legislation to mandate that telepharmacies couldn't be set up within 10 miles of an existing pharmacy.
"The whole bill was made for places where there's a pharmacy need,” Glidden said. “So, that's really all we want to do with this bill…take care of those communities."