Synchronization of Prescription Drug Refills

On May 9, 2017, Gov. Deal signed SB 200 into law, amending section 33-24 of the Georgia code. This law requires plans that provide prescription drug benefits to permit and apply prorated daily cost-sharing rates for prescriptions dispensed by pharmacies for less than a 30-day supply, if for the purpose of synchronizing plan participants' medications. Synchronization involves coordinating the medication refills of a patient that is taking two or more medications such that the medications are refilled on the same schedule. While plans may prorate daily cost-sharing rates for synchronized medications, they may not prorate dispensing fees, which must be based on the number of prescriptions filled.

This law is effective for plans providing prescription drug coverage that are issued, delivered, executed or renewed in Georgia on or after July 1, 2017.

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