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Sen. VanderWall's remote pharmacy bill signed by governor

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By Kimberly James | Feb 4, 2020

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) that allows pharmacists to oversee multiple locations using telecommunication, bringing health care to rural and underserved areas in Michigan.

“Today, Michigan joined the ranks of more than 20 states that allow for remote pharmacies,” said VanderWall in a release. “This measure will give additional options to pharmacists to open pharmacies in rural areas  and provide increased access to Michigan residents.”

Under the new law, a "parent pharmacy" can oversee up to two other pharmacies. This allows pharmacists to monitor drugs, dispense medications, manage medication therapy, and consult with patients remotely from one location. 

VanderWall is chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee and has used his term to find ways to increase access to health care services.

According to Modern Healthcare, the law will take effect in three months and is backed by the Michigan Pharmacists Association and other health groups.

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